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DARPA pushes high-res maps to troops' smartphones

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is arming troops with high-resolution digital maps that can be customized and delivered to smartphones and tablets. 

DARPA's Transformative Apps program provides digital imagery to dismounted troops through secured Android devices, but it also aims to build a library of secure military apps that are as simple to access and use as their commercial counterparts, according to a report in FCW.

Initially soldiers wanted high-resolution maps on a handheld device. However, other requirements emerged, such as heat mapping, a feature crucial to establishing improvised explosive device patterns and routing patrols around them. The capabilities troops need on the ground today continue to evolve, and the goal of DARPA's program is to be able to quickly meet those needs and get solutions into soldiers' hands. 

Read more on DARPA's Transformative Apps program at FCW. 

Posted by GCN Staff on Dec 10, 2013 at 8:16 AM


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