“It’s something you’ve got to do every day anyway,” he said of charging. “We can essentially inspect the phone without having to trust the phone.”
The company is trying to develop the technology so it’s affordable to individuals at about $50 to $75 — plus an additional subscription fee. Britton said Kaprica is now seeing plenty of government interest, from the Energy Department to the Pentagon.
And traditional defense contractors too are pursuing the market; Chantilly-based TASC, for instance, is designing applications for the military.
VanRoekel said the government is on track to meet the goals of its strategy.
Still, quantifying the size of the mobile market for government can be hard to do, given that it can include anything from the actual hardware to security to cellphone service.
Herndon-based Deltek, which researches the government contracting market, analyzed the federal budget for communications funding with a mobility component and found a rising figure that reached $757 million in the fiscal 2014 federal budget request.
While it’s a rough number, it suggests the government is prioritizing these kinds of improvements. The Pentagon, for instance, has requested $66 million specifically for mobility spending in the 2014 budget, said Alex Rossino, a principal research analyst at Deltek.
Tom Simmons, vice president in Citrix’s U.S. public sector business, said much of what his cloud and virtualization company has done so far for the government has been pilot programs. But he foresees a much more mobile government, in which Pentagon maintenance crews use mobile devices rather than paper manuals and Census Bureau workers rely entirely on tablets and mobile devices, not pen and paper.
“The government has this sort of perception that it’s slower to adopt [technology] than the private sector — and in a lot of cases not only is it true, but it’s a good thing,” he said. “There is a conservatism and a caution that’s built in by design.”