Air Force base tests wireless job tracking

The Air Force Materiel Command at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is beta-testing a wireless environment for its logistics applications that track maintenance of F-16, A-10 and C-130 aircraft.

Users can call up the Automated Materiel Tracking System for parts delivery worldwide on mobile devices, via IBM WebSphere Everyplace Access 4.3 running under AIX on IBM eServers.
Myron Anderson, Hill's provisional IT director, said he expects the mobile wireless system to save millions annually.

The IBM software, whose cryptographic module complies with Federal Information Processing Standards 140-1 and 140-2, works with Pocket PC, Symbian, Palm OS and Linux handheld clients.
It conforms to Java2 Enterprise Edition on the server side and Java2 Micro Edition on the client side via Java application programming interfaces, said Rod C. Adkins, IBM general manager for pervasive computing.

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