Federal Government Agencies Embracing the iPad and iPhone

Earlier this year, President Obama admitted that he is no stranger to the iPad and we’ve seen many pictures where President Obama has even been spotted signing the popular device.

Apparently, other branches of the federal government have noticed and have now decided to fully embrace the iPad as a key tool around government circles. According to a report by the Washington Post, the federal government has made a decision to embrace a few consumer devices to help them solve real life problems.

The picture above shows ATF (Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms) section chief Paul Vanderplow, who is using an iPad to monitor an arrest via video at the ATF National Headquarters in Washington, DC. It looks that this will be a new trend for the U.S. government, which is looking for ways to improve efficiency and become more open to new technologies.

Keep in mind that government agencies, even the Secret Service, is full of regular consumers just like you and me. This translates into regular consumers wanting to bring their new gadgets to work. After all, devices like the iPad, iPhone, Android and others have allowed consumers to become more productive while on-the-go.  According to the Washington Post, it looks like the demand for consumer technologies is coming from two directions -agency directors and senior officials that are using iPads, iPhones and other smartphones; and regular government employees who have certainly fall in love with the way mobile gadgets have made their lives much easier.

Agilex Technologies, who is helping several government agencies integrate Apple’s products into their IT infrastructures, has seen a large demand for Apple’s products and other new gadgets. Tim Hoechst, Agilex’s chief technology officer, says: “The demand we are seeing now in the last 90 days has been just extraordinary,”. And you bet, that the government is trying to figure out how to keep up with the demand for devices like the iPad.

This trend will continue. With the roll-out of LTE (4G) by companies like Verizon and AT&T, this only means that consumers will gain access to a more immersive streaming and consumption experience. Don’t be surprised to see soon around America, law enforcement agencies watching bad guys via video surveillance comfortably from their iPads.

[via Washington Post]

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