Engineers from the MU College of Engineering, with funding from the US Army and Leonard Wood Institute, have created ad hoc networks so that soldiers can relay smartphone information without using the internet. This allows for targeting using sound or sight, as well as a host of other features to turn smartphones into tools for soldiers.
“The goal of the project is to provide the exact location of a remote target, through either sound or sight,” said Yi Shang, professor of computer science. “The Android phones and iPhones have powerful processors, which allow us to write complicated programs. Each smartphone has a camera, a microphone, GPS, a compass, an accelerometer, and several other sensors that we can utilize. Plus, these phones typically support three kinds of wireless communication: Bluetooth, WiFi and cellular.”
If MU College is building smartphone apps for the military, it should really be looking at BlackBerry. For example, the US Air Force has over 30,000 BlackBerrys in their inventory, accounting for over 50 percent of the Department of Defense’s total BlackBerry deployment. There probably aren’t many iOS and Android devices.
UPDATE: From Dr. Yi: “We are focusing on the methods and algorithms. Although we developed our prototype system on Android phones, the application can be developed on other smartphones, including BlackBerry, if needed.”