06/23/2004: What? Has Oz beaten us....
in one aspect of technology? According to a recent report in La Reg, Australian soldiers will soon be issued Wi-Fi kit allowing for VoIP transmissions:
The Australian army is to bring a whole new meaning to the terms 'wardriving' and 'hotspot' when it equips troops with Wi-Fi-enabled communications kit later this year.Wonder how long it'll take them to figure out how to surf for porn during lulls in the fighting?
Part of the army's Wundurra hi-tech combat support system, the Wi-Fi devices will be used as VoIP radios, connecting individual soldiers up and through the chain of command.
The Aussie army will use the kit to test voice applications and supply connectivity to handheld and portable computers for the delivery of maps, intelligence and orders. Commanders can contact soldiers en masse - 'We few, we happy few, we band of brothers...' - or individually - 'Cause we're 'ere, son'.
There's even a 'push-to-talk' button attached to each soldier's rifle, allowing them to talk and fight at the same time - 'Don't panic! Don't panic!'.
Len on 06.23.04 @ 08:18 AM CST