via InformationWeek Government
The Department of the Navy (DON) soon will approve the use of iPhones, iPads, Android-based mobile devices and BlackBerry-based tablets on the unclassified networks of the Navy and Marine Corps mainly in response to demand from its personnel, according to the Navy’s CIO office.
“It is likely that devices based on Apple iOS, Android, and RIM QNX operating systems will be approved for unclassified network connectivity in the coming months,” according to a post on the Department of the Navy’s CIO blog. QNX is the OS on which the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is based; other BlackBerry devices already are widely used at the Department of Defense.
The productivity gains that can be achieved from using commercial smartphones also is a reason the Navy is eyeing the move, according to the post, which is attributed to Mike Hernon, an adviser to the DON CIO in telecommunications and wireless strategy and policy.