The Worlds Toughest Apps: Transformative Tools for Military
March 31, 2017 • Blog Post • By Deb Smit, FastCo. Works
IN THIS ARTICLE
- Its hard to imagine a more challenging environment for smartphone apps than a battlefield
- There are now more than 60 apps that help soldiers work safer, track enemies and coordinate rescues
Todays soldiers rely on mobile software, even in combat
In 2011, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) joined forces with software-maker Eucleo on the DARPA-funded program Transformative Apps. Since then, developers have created more than 60 apps that help soldiers in Afghanistan track the enemy, work safer, and coordinate rescues, all while meeting the Department of Defenses strict security requirements. Although built for modern war, these tracking and security advancements could very well work their way into civilian life following a long line of the very best military inventions, including duct tape and GPS.