The Defense Information Systems Agency announced May 17, the approval of security technical implementation guides that will open the department's doors to Apple's iOS 6 devices. The STIG approval allows government-issued iOS 6 mobile devices to connect to Defense Department networks within mobility pilots currently underway or under the forthcoming mobile device management framework, said the department.
Mobile phone usage in developing countries can help combat poverty by giving the residents a way to send and transfer money, as well as receive information that could grow business, said panelists at a May 16 Brookings Institute event . For farmers in Africa, mobile capability means they can find out how much crops are selling for in other parts of the world and get a better price for their own product, Tufts University Economics Professor Jenny Aker said.
The Defense Department plans to take only 30 days to approve new mobile devices rather than the twelve months it currently takes, DoD Deputy Chief Information Officer for Command, Control, Communications and Computers Robert Wheeler said at an April 30 mobility town hall meeting . The longer the DoD takes to approve mobile devices, the more quickly they go out of date, he said.
BlackBerry 10 smartphones and BlackBerry PlayBook tablets with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, and devices using Samsung's Knox for Android are now allowed on Defense Department networks.
The Veterans Affairs Department has turned portions of its mobile device management solution on to provide security for several smartphone and tablet pilot programs underway.
The Army will use a new, integrated tactical network called Capability Set 13 in Afghanistan later this year to help with mobile calls and data transmission, according to an Army press release . CS 13 allows users to send and receive reports from individuals on the ground within seconds, according to the Army.
Authors say the proposed framework and security capsule implementation could serve as a model for quickly and securely sharing healthcare information over mobile networks in an emergency situation.
The large number of respondents that visited or plan to visit government sites via mobile devices presents an opportunity for agencies to grow their mobile presence. "Sites not offering or, at the very least, preparing for mobile experiences now risk falling behind the curve, especially as mobile becomes the primary means of accessing online content by many visitors," writes ForeSee Usability Team Lead Matthew Dull.
Major U.S. wireless service providers met an April 17 deadline, agreeing to send free usage alerts to wireless subscribers on plans that impose additional charges for exceeding services limits, the Federal Communications Commission said . Now, around 97 percent of all wireless customers in the United States are protected from "bill shock", said the agency.
The network is expected to support more than 2 million first responders. Initially, it will focus on data applications, the RFI says, but eventually it will offer an alternative to the land-mobile-radio networks common among first responders.