Australian troops will be equipped with Wi-Fi devices that can be used as VoIP radios, connecting individual soldiers up and through the chain of command.
The kit will be used to test voice applications and deliver maps, intelligence and orders to handheld and laptops. Commanders can choose to contact troops or just one soldier. The units rely on 802.11 wireless system which means that the technology was already available, inexpensive and miniaturised.
And, last but not least, the ‘push-to-talk’ button, attached to the soldier’s rifle, will allow him to talk and fight at the same time!