DoD tests the security of mobile devices on battlefields
A group of Army scientists and contractors has tested the security and usability of mobile phones on battlefield surfaces, according to the Associated Press.
The tests were performed by the Army Research Laboratory in Maryland, the AP reported.
The team has been using a device called a Mobile Device Access Test System, or MDATAS.
The test consists of placing a handheld phone into a room where it is pointed directly at an officer, who is in charge of controlling it.
It is supposed to provide a measure of how well a person is able to control a mobile phone while the device is on a battlefield.
“The MDAT as a whole, or the whole system, was tested in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Pakistan, Ukraine, Iraq and the Philippines,” Army spokesman Jeff Davis told the AP.
“The testing is the best way for us to test mobile phones for operational security and reliability.”
The testing was conducted over the past two months, with more than 3,000 tests completed, Davis said.
It took place in locations ranging from the deserts of Iraq to the deserts in the Philippines.
The Army has been trying to develop a mobile version of its MDABS for some time.
In 2015, it announced that it was making it a part of its combat readiness efforts.
The Army previously tested the system on battlefield vehicles in Afghanistan.
The device was developed by the Military Systems Research Laboratory at the Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.
The MDATS were tested to the best of the researchers’ abilities.
The results are expected to be published in the coming weeks.