Air Force Expects to Save Over $50 Million in 10 Years by Using iPads
May 17, 2013 12:26 PM
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It will save $5.7 million annually
The U.S. Air Force is
making use of iPads
instead of heavy flight manuals, and it's saving quite a bit of money in doing so.
The Air Force said it would save over $50 million in the next 10 years thanks to its recent deployment of iPads. The iPads eliminate the need to print thousands of flights manuals on paper, which proves to be heavy on planes.
According to Major Brian Moritz, Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) program manager, removing all of the paper alone results in $750,000 in fuel savings annually (since the extra weight requires extra fuel). Weight varies from 250 pounds in a four-person C-17 up to 490 pounds in a C-5 with 10 crewmembers.
Add this to print and distribution costs, and Moritz said the Air Force is saving $5.7 million per year with the iPads. This equates to over $50 million in a 10-year period.
The Air Force's Air Mobility Command (AMC) scored a $9.36 million contract to deploy 18,000 iPads. Today, AMC aircrews are using about 16,000 of those iPads while the other 2,000 are being distributed amongst other Air Force units.
Aside from just cost savings, the iPads also prove to be helpful in finding information quickly. The keyword search alone helps pilots work more efficiently in emergency situations instead of searching through dense manuals.
Apple has been working its way into the military through more than just iPads, though (and to more branches than just the Air Force). In March of this year, it was reported that the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) planned to
purchase 650,000 iOS devices
. This included 120,000 iPads, 100,000 iPad minis, 200,000 iPod Touches, and over 20,000 iPhones.
The purchase was to replace old BlackBerry handsets.
Earlier this month, the DOD
approved the use of Samsung smartphones
running a secure version of Android called Knox. Other versions of Android and Apple's iOS are currently awaiting approval as well. These decisions are expected to be made by the end of May.
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5/18/2013 6:52:11 PM
Even if all of what you say is true, and I'm not saying it is, I've got some questions for you.
Why would you even need to upgrade the OS if the purpose is just to look at the manual?
How would malware get on the device if they aren't even supposed to, and might even have the ability taken away to, download and install other software?
Why would software selection matter if they were only viewing a manual? Quality notwithstanding, since that is not what you were talking about.
And why would any amount of gadgetry matter when viewing a manual? Do you need a USB powered light-up magnifying glass or something?
Fingerprint scanning is a joke in itself. It's been proven to be pretty crappy security. It's one of those things that sounds better in theory than it is in reality. We all have a unique fingerprint to no one unauthorized should be able to use your device. However, if you're trying to get a fingerprint off someone it's not terribly difficult.
Having multiple lines of security would be the way to go, but most users aren't going to go through all that every time they unlock a device.
5/18/2013 7:43:19 PM
You don't have to convince me I'm wrong, you have to convince the people buying tablets in the enterprise, government and education, people who have to make objective judgments about value for money, reliability and performance, people who are accountable for their actions, and those people are voting with their wallets and buying iPads.
Is it any surprise given this sort of stuff?
That's not going to exactly inspire confidence in the platform is it :)
The utterly pathetic state of OS fragmentation and non-existent OS upgrades, as revealed by Google's own stats, means corporate buyers are unsure about access to future security and stability updates.
As for fingerprint recognition - lets see what Apple actually does in this area, although I thought it was telling that Apple, not known for big acquisitions, spent $365 million on Authentec, a firm whose technology Samsung had been planning to use.
"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch
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