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August 6, 2009

Lockheed Martin unveils new smartphone applications

To address special requirements for security and tactical applications

By CBR Staff Writer

Lockheed Martin has loaded smartphones with new applications that are expected to allow warfighters operating in theatre to have situational awareness with the ability to download tactical data anywhere in the field.

The company said that it has recently connected enterprise-based situational awareness, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, biometrics and unmanned aerial vehicle applications with smartphones, that deliver data and applications to the “tactical edge.”

The company reportedly developed a hybrid tactical communications system that combined satellite and commercial 3G technology, and legacy military radio nets. This communications system, implemented in shelterised, vehicle-mounted and manpack versions, connected the smartphones with enterprise-level application systems.

This approach is said to net-enable warfighters down to the rifle squad level, offering them access to applications on a lightweight platform and eliminate the information gap at the tactical edge.

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The company said that the end-user devices were of a single brand, but the applications could be hosted on other smartphones as well. This user device provided a single platform for soldiers to use in various missions and roles.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a security company that is engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of technology systems, products and services.

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