iPhone App Track Friends And Foes In The Battlefield

This is One Force Tracker, a cool military iPhone application that shows friends and foes over maps in real time, providing with secure communications This is how it works, according to Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems's CTO J Smart...

This is hypothetical, but if there is a building with known terrorist activities, it could automatically be pushed to the phone when the soldiers get near that area. If there was another platoon that was supposed to arrive, and they were delayed, or ahead of schedule, you could adapt your plan. If one of the units you are counting on is redirected, you know that in real time.

He points out that it can also be used for police, firemen and emergency services. The iPhone itself is being retrofitted for battlefield operation by Raytheon, which is adding a ruggedised package with a larger battery and a special scrambler that will secure communications with other military units. Don't expect it in the iTunes App Store anytime soon. [NYT]

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