The army is starting to test smart phones that could be used in combat in lieu of bulkier equipment. Apple and Android smart phones will be tested to see if they can withstand the rigors of combat, and can perform as effectively as current equipment.
There are many applications the military wants to use, but the main focus is around biometric technologies.
The thinking is if you can put the ability to identify someone such as a POW, in a soldier’s hand it could become that much more effective. Now, the military uses biometrics, but the scanners are less portable than a phone, and they are much more expensive, reports gottabemobile.com.
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