Federal Aviation Administration inspectors are taking advantage of the open policy the agency has embraced for using iPads in order to conduct safety checks on airline carriers, AOL Government reports.
Fifty of the agency’s 3,300 inspectors are partaking in a six-month pilot program through which inspectors use mobile devices to conduct their daily responsibilities at a range of airports, Douglas Roseboro, FAA chief technology officer, told AOL Gov.
Roseboro said mobility is among the agency’s top initiatives. Using mobile devices such as the iPad allow FAA employees to access necessary information at any given time in order to improve efficiency and performance, he said.
The pilot will end this summer, after which the agency will evaluate whether it is cost-effective and useful to inspectors’ in their responsibility to keep the airspace safe, the report said.
Roseboro said the agency will also address security issues in regard to lost or stolen devices. FAA will also evaluate who in the agency needs mobile devices to conduct their duties.
FAA is currently piloting another mobile program where program analysts are able to access financial information as they travel in order to evaluate the cost of delivering various services.
Roseboro said FAA is additionally looking for ways to standardize and develop mobility via cloud computing services. He said the agency is still practicing caution in its movement toward mobility.
Roseboro said the agency is not committed to mobility, but suggests several check points for agencies to consider if they want to implement mobile practices.
He suggests agencies make security a priority, appoint a mobile device manager, have a strong business case in regard to usable applications, determine who gets a device and standardize app development and infrastructure.