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Apple iPad Gets Military Maps App

Apple’s iPad is seeing the same widescale deployment as any previous tablet device, turning up in people’s homes, the enterprise, in medical and education and — now — also in the US Army, where Textron Systems has developed a troop movement tracking app for iPad.

The above display on the iPad of a Textron Systems employee shows a map of friendly and hostile locations — the blue houses have U.S. troops in them — that soldiers can gather out in the field and send back to their command stations for further analysis. It’s running through SoldierEyes, a secure cloud that runs lots of little applets for intelligence, command-and-control and battlefield awareness, developed by two Textron subsidiaries, Overwatch and AAI.

The app lets commanders keep a birds-eye view of troop positions. It uses data taken from a system called SoldierEyes, which’s described as a “secure cloud that runs many little applets for intelligence, command-and-control and battlefield awareness.”


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