U.S. Army Launches App Marketplace Prototype
The U.S. Army has launched an app marketplace prototype that supports iOS apps and will soon support Android apps. The move follows the U.S. Air Force's deal to secure thousands of iPads.The U.S. Army has launched a prototype app store known as the Army Software Marketplace that will enable Army personnel to access apps for their smartphones and tablets. A recent article on www.army.mil, the official homepage of the United States Army, also reported by Engadget, said the newly launched Army Software Marketplace prototype delivers 12 mobile training applications for soldiers to use on personal phones or tablets. The apps were developed by Army training schools in the Connecting Soldiers to Digital Apps, or CSDA, initiative, the Army said.
When fully implemented, the marketplace will deliver Web-based and downloadable applications to all devices approved for use within the Army's Common Operating Environment on the Army network, according to the Army
Improved safety, operational effectiveness and efficiency are just a few reasons Air Mobility Command officials are looking into using tablet devices such as electronic flight bags for aircrew members' reference materials in the cockpit during in-flight emergencies."Moving from a paper-based to an electronically based flight publication system will not only enhance operational effectiveness, it can also save the Department of Defense time and money," said Maj. Gen. Rick Martin, the AMC Director of Operations. The iPads will replace traditional paper-based flight bags, which consist of bulky manuals and navigation charts. In another move tapping into the convenience of smartphones, U.S. Air Force software developers have created a new mobile Web application that enables the services personnel to account for themselves and family members from their smartphones during a crisis or natural disaster. An article on www.af.mil, the official Website of the U.S. Air Force, explains that during a crisis, the Air Force uses the Air Force Personnel Accountability and Assessment System to account for and assess the needs of the Air Force's Total Forceactive-duty Airmen, selected Reserve members, Department of the Air Force and nonappropriated fund civilian employees, Air Force contractors (assigned overseas) and family members. The article further noted that AFPAAS becomes operational, or active, at leadership's request during crises to allow the members of the total force to account for themselves and their families' safety and whereabouts. Now, individuals have improved access through certain smartphones to the accountability and assessment features of AFPAAS. "The Air Force is taking AFPAAS to the next level to align with what is used in the private sector every day," Brian Angell, the Air Force Personnel Center Personnel Readiness Cell operations chief, told www.af.mil. "This wireless capability enhances Air Force accountability during crises and natural disasters." According to the article: "In the case of an active AFPAAS event, members can use a smartphone to log in to the application via their user identification and password. The application is accessible on iPhones, Androids and certain touch-screen BlackBerry phones; however, it is not available on iPads or non-touch-screen phones."