Smart Defence with Smart Comms

Smart-phone technologies, already familiar to many young soldiers who are once and future gamers, might be changing the face of warfare.

Smart  phones are “a leap-ahead technology offering soldiers myriad … capabilities to satisfy their need to share voice and data wirelessly.”  They enable soldiers to download and store translation software and streaming video from unmanned aerial vehicles and view position and location information. “The [size, weight and power] advantages are extremely consistent with the soldier’s mobile, man-portable requirements,” he said.

It is about two years that this thechnology is tested in US and it seems like a huge area for growth. With the highly fluid and varied battle environments our soldiers find themselves in these days, this seems to be ideal for so many applications.  Just as examples, thay can:

  • Keep track of hazzards, such as landmines, snipers, etc.
  • Put in a warning that you are entering an area with specific identified hazzards.
  • Have generic information, such as a basic translating program, maps, geographic information, wildlife hazzards, etc.

The White House also is interested because the hardened kernel could help fulfill a government plan to create a secure national wireless network for first responders

Within a government-led software environment the Armed Forces can leverage fresh ideas and technology while still maintaining “disciplined” governance.

That flexibility also extends to communications. The JBC-P Handhelds will work over different types of radio networks, including the Joint Tactical Radio System, or JTRS Soldier Radio Waveform, Netted Iridium, and Marine Corps radios such as the PRC 117G and PRC 152A.

For dismounted Soldiers, the software approach consistent with modern day commercial technology will also provide a consistent, easy-to-use experience. They will be able to choose different Mission Command applications for their specific mission needs without intensive training.

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Army looks to troops for smart-phone tech advice – Smart-phone technologies, already familiar to many young soldiers who are once and future gamers, might be changing the face of warfare. Deployed commanders are pleading for more devices equipped with minicomputers and programmed with situational intelligence and training applications.

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