Navy wants tablet apps that can help with bomb disposal

by David Needle

April 8 2013

U.S. Navy researchers are in the hunt for mobile explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) apps that run on tablets or smartphones.

The Navy wants to find out what mobile bomb-disposal solutions in government and industry are already out there and what other government entities and defense contractors are doing in mobile native, Web-based, or hybrid application development for tablets and smartphones.

Military & Aerospace Electronics reported today that the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division in Indian Head, Md., issued a request for information last week for the Joint Explosive Ordnance Disposal Decision Support System (JEOD DSS); Mobile Application Development program.

Currently, EOD applications are used on stand-alone ruggedized systems that run government-designed Java based applications designed to provide EOD-specific data and to collect incident information while transferring data from a ruggedized laptop computer to government networks.

Now Navy EOD experts hope to find ways to shrink today's EOD systems with EOD apps that run on commonly-used handheld devices like tablets and smartphones.

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