“On Wednesday at the 2009 Intelligence Warfighting Summit in Tucson, Raytheon, the military contractor, announced an iPhone application that tracks friends and foes, shows their positions on live, real time maps and provides secure communications,” Roy Furchgott reports for The New York Times.
“Called the One Force Tracker, the Raytheon iPhone software can also be used by first responders like police, firemen, and emergency medical technicians,” Furchgott reports. “The app is completely operative and works on a standard iPhone, said J Smart, chief technology officer for Raytheon’s Intelligence and Information Systems. ‘We are really delighted to be leveraging Apple’s innovation.'”
“The adaptation of the iPhone to military use is somewhat unusual, as technology more often trickles from the military to the consumer market,” Furchgott reports. “But this is a rare case of consumer hardware and software concepts being adapted for military use.”
Furchgott reports, “Raytheon is developing other iPhone apps as well. It has also demonstrated an application that would serve to train air traffic controllers. It would not completely replace current training, but would build skills in recalling aircraft and terrain, visual scanning, on-the-fly mathematics, and rule-based decision-making, skills that also are used frequently by gamers.”
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