Mobile technology has revolutionized various industries, including the way the government functions and connects each of its departments. Since 2014, the federal agencies have started adopting mobile devices and their connected technologies, spurred on by the fast pace in which the tech industry. The scope of federal mobile usage is quite broad, with words using ‘wireless’, ‘mobility’, and ‘digital’ often used. In a study featured by eCommerce Times, it reported that US government agencies spent nearly $5 billion in 2012 exploring the various components of mobile technologies. The budget they initially used in 2012 has risen annually as demand for more high-tech means and secure tech grows.
The military and the armed forces in general, are among the many industries that benefits from mobile technology. Here’s how they are leveraging tablets currently:
Replaces paper-based materials
Many agencies are still using paper in some of their work, such as the Air Force with their filing documents and flight manuals. With tablets on board however, the armed forces are making their operations more efficient, cutting down costs and providing war fighters with focused capabilities. However, mobile technologies continue to raise a host of challenges, starting with security that is the most common problem even for regular users. Additionally, many devices don’t have the ‘rugged’ capabilities to withstand extreme conditions (water, dust, rain), which need to be addressed, and the accessories that should come with the tablet should be designed for soldiers and not for regular consumers.
“The spectrum of challenges is as varied as the systems themselves. Security and reliability are foremost among them. These traits span many fields, from supplying peripherals such as secure GPS receivers to securing equipment and managing apps developed by suppliers and warfighters,” mentioned a resource page on the Defense Systems’ website.
Security: A Top Priority
In terms of security, most mobile devices now come with the upmost secure technologies. Although tablets are lagging behind in terms of biometric sensor tech, many phablets are now equipped with the most advanced security features. In fact, the Galaxy S7 was rumored to come with an iris sensor
prior to its release, yet Samsung released their handset recently with the same fingerprint scanning technology as the rest of the pack. However, the company has ensured users that their Samsung KNOX system is still in place by filtering files and web pages, with a faster scanning time due to the help of the built-in Android Marshmallow OS.
If tablets are able to have the same security technology pre-built into devices, then issues on security may be addressed easily on mobile devices, too.
Need for plenty of apps
The high adoption of mobile devices is in conjunction with the armed forces’ expanding interest in military and defense apps. At the moment, app libraries are expanding their resources throughout the armed services, while military equipment suppliers are also leveraging the same platform to reach out to their target market.
There are also medical apps that assist field workers in a matter of minutes. Some apps developed by the Army themselves provide situational awareness tools, offering GPS, maps, and other information necessary in the battlefield.
Mobile devices will continue to develop in the near future, enhancing their technologies and features, which will also find a place in the processes of the armed forces. Augmented reality is now being leveraged for training through wearables, thus the possibility that this will be part of tablets in the near future is a reality. In fact, the US military has started funding smart helmets that beam information to soldiers while on the battlefield, as discussed by the Daily Mail. Smart technologies are now being predicted to be an important defense tool in the battlefield. How do you foresee tablets to be further maximized in military and defense industries?
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