Phone home…

I finally broke down last year and bought a cell phone. Not that there’s anyone I really want to talk to. I just need it in case my car breaks down.

But lots of folks these days have smart phones of various kinds. And they’ve found them to be extremely useful. The ability to add virtually any kind of app imaginable has been a boon almost on a plane with the original revolution in personal computing.

And not surprisingly, a lot of smart GIs are coming up with ways to use their smart phones to help them do their jobs. And industry is starting to pay attention:

“Cell phones are tired of waiting for the troops to come home and are going to war themselves. Tech startup Berico Tailored Systems, Lockheed Martin and apparently an army of Slashdot users are currently making tactical 3G cellular networks and smartphone applications for the military to use overseas.

The most sophisticated communication system I worked with in the Army was the PRC-77/VRC-64 radio with the KY-57 encryption system. It was on a technological par with a pair of tin cans and some string.

The ability to communicate with both voice and data would be a big help all by itself. Add in the multitude of computational tasks a smart phone with the appropriate apps could do, and you are talking about a real weapon.

Cell phones. They aren’t just for setting off IEDs anymore.

4 thoughts on “Phone home…”

    1. VRC-12/Nestor was a kissing cousin to the VRC-64/KY-57. Indeed, the only change was the elimination of a couple of vacuum tubes. If you could run one, you could run the other.

  1. My son showed me his “Light Stick” app last Christmas. Look at all the money the services can save not buying light sticks.

    The current difficulty with cell phones is security. Deployable 3G nets would be nice though.

    1. Well, the money saved on light sticks would mean either money spent on batteries, or infrastructure to charge the phones. Batteries are a real issue for the infantry. The things weigh a lot, and you go through a lot of them.

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