The US Army has introduced the "Go Mobile" system will be able to use the Internet and authenticate to the Army Knowledge Online/Defense Knowledge Online Web portal through a smart phone, using cellular data services, just about anywhere in the world they can get a signal.
"This is a capability to reach out and do business in a mobile environment," said Col. Earl Noble, project manager for the AKO/DKO Web portal.
At the heart of Go Mobile system is a smart phone that runs a mobile version of the Microsoft Windows operating system. The addition of an optional dumb terminal (Celioâ€™s Redfly) gives users a larger screen and keyboard to look at and type on, while the actual computing power remains on the phone.
"Everything you see on the phone you see displayed on the screen," Noble said. "It’s like a surrogate laptop, where your phone is the computing device.
Celioâ€™s Refly has previously also been adopted by some police services.
Currently the Go Mobile system is in testing and is limited to less than 100 users. Noble said by January, the program will be "open to the world."
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