Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Military goes mobile

In March tis year the military started a competition to come up with useful mobile applications for the military. Invited have been all military employees and family.
53 applications got submitted for 5 categories.
Categories have been:
Information access
Location aware
War-fighting / mission specific
MWR / other

The winners are now announced. Interesting is that out of the 15 winners 10 are android applications and have of them are mobile websites rather than native applications.
But none are presented for the iPad, which I thought could be a better device because of screen size.
It is berate to see that the military is going with new technologies.
The top five winners of the Apps for the Army (A4A) application development challenge will be recognized at the LandWarNet Conference, Thursday, August 5th in Tampa, FL.

Launched on March 1, A4A is the Army’s first internal application development challenge. In 75 days, 141 Soldiers and Army civilians registered in teams or as individuals to participate in the A4A challenge. By the May 15th deadline, 53 web and mobile applications were developed and submitted.
Fifteen winners and ten honorable mentions were selected from the 53 web and mobile applications developed and submitted by May 15. After passing a security certification, the apps were judged in five categories by a panel from across the Army. Each of the five categories has first ($3000), second ($1500) and third place ($1000) winners, and honorable mentions.
“These 25 apps represent more than two times the number of certifiable apps we were hoping for and expecting from the program,” said Lt. Gen. Jeff Sorenson, the Army Chief Information Officer/G-6. “Each application will help overcome mission-related challenges through the power of mobile and web devices.
“This pilot program is helping define the business processes needed to make it easier to develop applications and certify software for the Army enterprise,” Sorenson added.

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