Mobile technology is changing the ways of the government. How does the U.S. government use the mobile technology to deliver services and information always, anytime, anywhere to the public? How does the U.S. government use the mobile technology in running the government enterprise? Quite efficiently and on the par with the private sector, conludes a recent market study U.S. Government Wireless Voice and Data Market Forecast 2013-2018.
The use of mobile technology in the U.S. government is driven by:
- the ubiquity of mobile use
- opportunities of mobile technology to improve the performance of the government enterprise
- innovations in mobile technology that can propel new government services/service delivery
- convenience of mobile access to government data and information.
The technological advances embodied in today’s smart phones have introduced significant changes and challenges to the way the government agencies communicate and conduct between themselves and toward the public. Smart phones have become a “must-have” electronic gadget for daily government business. The mobile devices are replacing the need for laptops and desktops with processor speeds surpassing 1GHz, storage capacity exceeding 32GB, support for numerous cellular and wireless networking technologies, and countless applications available for government servant. In order to capitalize on the advancements, significant obstacles need to be overcome to mitigate the new risks presented by the use of COTS smart phones. These new risks must be well-understood and mitigated by a combination of operational, management and technical controls before a mobile workforce can take full advantage of these new capabilities. Tackling these challenges opens wide market opportunities for government contractors and mobile service vendors. According to the U.S. Government Wireless Voice and Data Market Forecast 2013-2018, the U.S. government mobile security market segment alone represents a multibillion opportunity over the period 2013-2018, with projected two-digit annual growth.