The Department of Defense has recently given the “ok” to using Dell’s Android based mobile OS on its internal networks. This brings high hopes for a widespread use of Android tablet and phones throughout the military where RIM once prevailed.
The Defense Information Systems Agency has released a Security Technical Implementation Guide for the Streak 5 Android tablet, according to a blog post from Hoe Ayers who is an executive in Dell’s government business department.
“The agency worked with the Dell Streak 5 tablets to acquire the certification, awaiting acceptance of Dell Android devices to be implanted next year throughout the military”, Ayers said.
Dell unleashed the tablet device in early 2010. Even though it is no longer on the market because its form factor wasn’t ideal for normal users,” says the Dell spokesman. The smaller screen size works very well for the military.
Dell has been working with Good Technologies to make the OS secure enough so that the military personnel will have access to email, documents, and a partitioned system of Android and other business applications, stated Ayers. The DOD will be able to send information securely via there Microsoft Exchange servers and network operations centers to Dell Streak 5 android tablets.
In the past, only RIM’s BlackBerry smartphones were used on military networks. The approval of Dell’s Android OS is to test the capability and compatibility of the device on the network as the plan for next year if to broaden the use of android devices.
“With access to the Android systems, any personnel of the military will have access to information on their laptops or desktops. They will be able to command and control programs, and a number of other powerful solutions that enable members in the military to operate with comparable capabilities as those in controlled environments,”.
DISA still has not yet confirmed anything as of Monday when they received a request for giving out more information.
The military has been analyzing the use of both Android and Apple smartphone devices for quite some time now, trying to move out of RIM’s full control, even more recently with all the news surrounding RIM and the recent downtime that disabled every Blackberry.
The Army has tested programs using both types of smart devices for soldiers in the field. The Navy said recently that they have been working on the security approval of iPhones, iPads, Android-based mobile devices and BlackBerry-based tablets on the unclassified networks of the Navy and Marine Corps. All this comes after the approval of iPhone and Android smartphone for the Coast Guard personnel, who were the first to officially approve these devices.
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