backtop


Print 51 comment(s) - last by johnsmith9875.. on Mar 22 at 5:18 PM

iOS devices to replace aging Blackberrys

A report is making the rounds that the U.S. Department of Defense has plans to purchase a huge number of Apple gadgets. According to the report, the DOD plans to purchase 650,000 iOS devices to replace older BlackBerry devices (the Department of Defense currently has about 470,000 BlackBerry devices in use daily).

The DOD is tipped to be purchasing 120,000 iPads, 100,000 iPad minis, 200,000 iPod Touches, and over 20,000 iPhones.

According to TechCrunch, "More than half are headed to the battlefield, afloat, and to associated support commands. Most of the rest will stay [at the Pentagon]."

According to the DOD, it will have 8 million smartphones in service over the next three years. In addition, devices used by the Department of Defense for classified data handling are modified for enhanced security with components that can quadruple their final cost.

The Department of Defense announced last year that BlackBerry would not have the exclusive contract for smartphone devices any longer. The Defense Department is seeking to become "device agnostic" with the goal of allowing soldiers and administrators to share data amongst devices more easily. 

Source: TechCrunch



Comments     Threshold


This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

RE: You'd think
By Ammohunt on 3/21/2013 12:01:18 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
They could engineer their own android distro with insanely secure measures and then deploy that to all the Android devices. With Apple... fat chance of getting more security software side.


Never worked in government have you? These guys can't even keep foreign script kiddies out of their systems and you think they can build and maintain their own version of android? not to mention most government workers aren't tech savvy nor gadget people and iOS provides the most user friendly interface for these workers to get productive in the lease t amount of time. Not to mention iOS is a closed platform with that comes some security benefits.


"Can anyone tell me what MobileMe is supposed to do?... So why the f*** doesn't it do that?" -- Steve Jobs














botimage
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki