Army awards contract for secure smart phone technologies

The Army has awarded TT Government Solutions a $7 million contract to help it develop secure smart phone technologies, the Defense Department said Oct. 2.

Under the contract, the Piscataway, N.J., network software provider will furnish technology that will be used to ensure that soldiers eventually have secure mobile smart devices for tactical use, the announcement said. The work is expected to be completed by March 2014.

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Seven bids were received for the solicitation. The Army Contracting Command at Fort Monmouth, N.J., is the contracting activity.

The Army is taking a deliberately cautious approach to the development of smart phone technologies for the battlefield because it doesn't want to distribute smart devices to soldiers prematurely. With this in mind, the Army is exploring ways to integrate smart phones and other mobile devices into Army networks without compromising security.


Reader Comments

Tue, Oct 9, 2012 Lou Fink

Not sure why the Army is spending 7 million dollars to add security capabilities that are already included in Android 4.0 devices. Why not simply move from the Android 2.2 to Android 4.0 operating system? Microsoft Windows 8 and Android 4.0 (and later) already include robust device encryption and authentication that is adequate to protect tactical information on the battlefield. After all it protects sensitive banking information that is much less perishable than tactical information.

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