Raytheon has released its mobile application for first responders in a move aimed at providing them situational awareness and collaboration tools on devices such as smartphones, tablets and mobile data computers.
One Force Mobile Collaboration is intended to combine technology used in both civilian and military applications and designed to operate on existing 2G, 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi networks, Raytheon said Monday.
The app is also designed for download onto personal devices running iOS, Android or Windows operating systems.
?Developed and tested in Southern California, One Force received input during the product development cycle from local first responders to create a tool that would meet their unique needs in the field,? stated Dan De Sollar, director of the public safety regional technology center for Raytheon?s network centric systems business.
?Recognizing that each department and region will have its own specific requirements, One Force was designed to allow for user customization,? he added.
The company also designed One Force to contain tools for voice communications, maps, drawing tools, chat, real-time GPS position information, streaming video and image sharing.
?For most first responders, the personal cell phone they carry has significantly more communications capabilities than their traditional police radio,? said T.J. Kennedy, director of public safety and security for the network centric systems business.
?However, a civilian cell phone is not optimized for public safety use,? he added.