Mobile Wireless


The return of the sneaker net

Bigger bandwidth nearly killed off sneaker nets entirely, but today's gigantic files sizes just might bring them back.

Chip encrypts Android calls, without the lag time

TrustCall system can turn almost any Android phone into a secure communication device.

GOP platform: Sell off government spectrum

The pro-business platform calls for auctioning off surplus RF spectrum and condemns government regulation of the Internet — except when it should be regulated.

The grace period on mobile security is over

As the bad guys turn their attention to mobile devices, the government has begun mapping out security that needs to be incorporated in coming generations of this technology.

CBP puts $100M into sensors to track drug smugglers flying ultralights

The system, to be operated at border stations and in remote areas, is intended to thwart a growing threat.

USDA expects to manage 100,000 mobile devices

The department's planned Next Generation Mobility solution will manage mobile devices, applications and security.

30 state IT projects chosen for NASCIO awards

NASCIO has selected 30 state IT initiatives in 10 categories as finalists for its 2012 Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology in State Government.

DHS wants to 'change the game' on public safety network

Faced with a need to upgrade aging, stovepiped tactical communications networks and reduce costs, DHS is looking for a “game changing approach.”

Great mobile app: Census data you can actually use

The America's Economy app goes beyond being a window into a database, it provides a stream of important, regularly updated reports accompanied by graphs.

VA, DOD joint office delivers mobile app for PTSD patients

PE Coach app gives PTSD sufferers a central site to track their therapy sessions and more.

Will AT&T's phase-out of 2G service affect gov customers?

The company, a service provider under the GSA’s Networx telecom contract, will phase out 2G mobile service during the next five years to make room on its networks for more advanced services.

Md. governor's office trades paper, printers for iPads

One-man iPad pilot program now embraces 30 staffers and has reduced office paper use by 90 percent to 95 percent.

'Hit man' phishing scam makes an offer you can refuse

Phishing is the most common attack used against federal networks, so it's important to be aware of the latest techniques, even if they seem unlikely.

Black Hat: If it ain't broke, it's just a matter of time

This year's Black Hat Briefings will tackle OS security — or lack of it — in Windows and iOS. Mobile devices and industrial control systems get a lot of attention, too.

Unified comm is the next step in 911's evolution

The FCC and Transportation Department are working to establish a transition path to the next generation of 911 services.