The FBI is set to deploy mobile devices that run the Android operating system to field agents and analysts in the coming weeks, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.
David Rubin, assistant section chief and head of mobility at the FBI, told an AFCEA breakfast meeting that 30,000 devices will be rolled out to field offices by early February, Jared Serbu reports.
The devices will be connected to the FBI’s unclassified networks, according to the report.
Rubin said the bureau is also planning to authorize access to FBI’s classified networks via government-owned mobile devices, the station reports.
He added that the FBI seeks to develop mobile applications for the devices using a crowdsourcing approach, Serbu reports.
“That’s a tough push right now, but we already have 25 apps in the pipeline. Some of them are already being used,” Rubin told the event.