Smartphones in Battlefield

Soldiers will be using smartphones in the battlefied. Here’s what this latest Reuters article says:

Raytheon, which makes the Patriot missile defense system, is developing software which could enable a soldier to find enemies in his or her surrounding terrain using a mobile phone running Google’s Android operating system.

The software could potentially be powerful enough to pick up aerial images from an unmanned aircraft or satellite and then focus in on details such as license plates on cars or a person’s facial features.

A typical soldier’s use case:

  • Searching for a UAV nearby
  • UAV found, Connected!
  • Requesting enemy unit locations nearby
  • Enemy units and buildings found at these coordinates, touch to view photos
  • Incoming orders, move north, keep moving, wait for further orders
  • Incoming missile, take shelter
  • Your primary weapon is running low on ammo, reload!

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And then there can be problems with the software or the handsets:

  • Cannot retrieve orders, network not found
  • UAV connection lost
  • Battery low
  • Uh.. the phone software stuck … urgh!
  • Waiting for GPS ………………….
  • … why dare you touch the phone, it’s an iPhone, remember? 🙂

Here’s the whole post.