Fire control iPhone app

Discussion in 'The Intelligence Cell' started by Speedy, Jul 6, 2011.

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  1. I've just seen this on the BBC News site:

    BBC - Newsbeat - US soldier makes app for tracking down Taliban fighters

    Seems like (as usual) someone at the sharp end coming up with an idea that is both cheap and effective (well that part remains to be seen I suppose), but as his phone rolls up several devices into one with the capability of sending the required information as one complete packet. No wonder the US Army didn't want to help him out. They've spent millions, if not billions over the years trying to get stuff like this to work, and all this takes is a purchase from the app store, a ruggedised iPhone case and battery expansion packs.
    Come to think of it, are there any other examples of expensive military tech being usurped by cheaper and better ideas/practices from the boots on the ground in recent years?
     
  2. $000000s on a device to detect Radar leaks for the USN, some Septic bought something from Radio Shack that did the job.
     

  3. Great idea, and even better that it will use the local phone network (Roschan/AWCC) which are heavily infiltrated by insurgenty type people to connect. Hope it will be encrypted unlike the Predator feeds that the Taliban managed to hook up to.
     
  4. Quality......but can the Terry download the app too?
     
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  5. A2_Matelot

    A2_Matelot LE Book Reviewer

    I've not seen it but it does make me wonder. I went to a demo of the sniper detection system (for FOBS, PBs and Vehicles) and that was a collection of sensitive microphones, GPS, and a failry decent processor, with potential for integration into kit like Bowman [ComBAT]. How comparable is a iphone going to be against specialist devices?

    Whilst on the face of it, it sounds like something to applaude, certainly his initiative and drive, my smart phone battery doesn't last 12 hours and its hardly the most reliable or rugged bit of kit. More to carry, more to re-charge, more to manage?
     
  6. Turn wifi and blue tooth off as well as data roaming unless needed. My ip4 lasts several days without all that crap running.
     
  7. Possible OPSEC so edited. Anyway there is a bleeding obvious reason why you couldn't use a mobile phone device.
     
  8. A2_Matelot

    A2_Matelot LE Book Reviewer

    Apart from the obvious disadvantages of the terrain, the dubious nature of ROSHAN, if you turn data roaming off - how does it transmit/receive? Simply back over a 1G-3G network? Would have thought encrypted wifi to local cloud would have been better but then we start moving away from the native capabilities of an iphone.

    If I turn off the wifi, data roaming, dim the screen I think my smartphone may well last a few days - bit of a waste of time though, if it's not getting the updates and accessing the features I bought it for, It becomes a 90s candy bar with an expensive tarriff.
     
  9. msr

    msr LE

    "Military quality GPS tactical navigation system"

    Really?
     
  10. Add in an extra power pack and ruggedised container for phone.

    Sounds like he's just taking a photo, getting his location and bearing .... and then sending it in an email with a few text notes... not sure how he's come up with $20k costs.... £2k for equipment and £100 for an developers license
     
  11. Apart from the other glaringly obvious flaw that whilst you are in the bubble it won't work at all?