US Army using Android Phones for Battlefield Networking/Communications

Starting in October, some soldiers will carry a Motorola Atrix that will enable them to send and receive data while dismounted in warzones.

Smartphones are everywhere and are becoming more easily available to consumers. They had accelerated and became a standard as how we communicate with each other as consumers, but apparently they are also becoming the future of communication in the battlefield of wartime. The United States Army is now in development of its own portable wireless network, named the “Warfighter Information Network-Tactical” — also known as “WIN-T” — which has been in development since 1996.  

The WIN-T project has only recently become monetarily and technologically feasible, thanks to the advances in the processing power of smartphones. According to an exposé from Wired, the Army is hoping that by outfitting soldiers with Motorola Atrix handsets — all running a heavily modified version of the Android OS — they will be able to leverage WIN-T to give near-instant digital communication to the battlefield. The primary goal of the system is the sharing of information and intelligence between soldiers and central command. The information that is communicated can be mapped and shared with any and all servicemen and women in the field, ranging from: friendly troop positions, suspicious vehicles or persons, and surveillance video from unmanned areal vehicles (UAVs).  It’s amazing that the U.S. Army is willing to divulge this information in new technology they are developing.  Plus, it’s very fascinating and super, SUPER nerdy!

This is the data displayed through the Army’s Warrior Information Network-Tactical, on a large flatscreen in a tactical operations center in the Pentagon courtyard.
This is a mock-up of a mobile Tactical Operations Center (TOC) that runs the WIN-T, which is designed to be mobile, picked up, moved and reconstructed within three hours.

[Thanks Wired]

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