Defence app on target for top award

Salute: Reg Sgt Maj Neil Fowler, left, and Maj Rich Gill present the engraved shell casing to Nick Barker of LINE
Salute: Reg Sgt Maj Neil Fowler, left, and Maj Rich Gill present the engraved shell casing to Nick Barker of LINE
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An iPad app, developed in Sheffield, that trains soldiers to coordinate weapons fire on enemy positions, has won an international award.

The Fire Control Orders programme was developed by LINE Communications in collaboration with the Royal School of Artillery and has secured LINE a gold award for Best Use of Mobile Learning.

LINE, which is based in S1 St James House, on Vicar Lane, received the award from Brandon Hall, the Florida-based leading training and development research organisation. The awards programme is a major, international showcase, regularly attracting hundreds of entries from more than 40 countries. The programme also won an award for Best use of Mobile Learning at the recent e-learning Awards and the company was presented with a polished and engraved 105mm light gun shell by the Royal School of Artillery as a ‘thank you’ for its work.

LINE director Keith Downes, who leads on defence training for the company, said the award recognised the innovative stance taken by the Royal School of Artillery in looking for ways to optimise Fire Control Orders training while also motivating and engaging with the modern generation.

It’s the second time LINE has won a gold award in the Brandon Hall awards for its work with the military.

The first award was presented for an interactive training programme designed to help British soldiers avoid potentially catastrophic misunderstandings with local people in Iraq.