US: DARPA has recently come up with transformative apps programme that provides digital imagery to dismounted troops through secured Android devices, as well as aims to build a library of secure military apps that are as simple to access and use as their commercial counterparts, even in the most austere and disconnected tactical environments. “The types of apps soldiers really wanted initially focused on high-resolution map imagery in the palm of their hand,” said Doran Michels, DARPA programme manager.
The initial mapping requirement, once met, quickly grew into other needs, such as heat mapping crucial to establishing IED patterns and routing patrols around them. The capabilities troops need on the ground today continue to evolve, and the goal of DARPA”s program is to be able to quickly meet those needs and get solutions into soldiers” hands. “In 18 months we went from zero to 3,000 users, supporting the entire Army Afghan theatre of operations. All the while, scaling wasn”t just propagating our capability we established; we were improving in real time as we went, so it was growing as it was being made better,” said Michels