Evaluation of Overlay Technology in Mobile Geographic Information Systems for the Dismounted Soldier


  1. Nakaza, E.T.
  2. Karthaus, C.
  3. Matthews, M.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
The design of location-based technology systems is expected to play an important role in future military mission success. Accordingly, Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) has initiated an Applied Research Project (ARP) (14dk) on the evaluation of human factors issues associated with geospatial data visualization in a mobile Geographic Information System (GIS) environment. The first phase of this project involved a review of the potential utility of mobile GIS devices for the dismounted infantry soldier and the capabilities and functionality of current technology with the goal of identifying human factors research questions. This tasking investigated the types of map data that would be required by dismounted infantry soldiers to carry out operational tasks. Since all of the required data would be too complex to display on a small, portable device, options for grouping the data into separately, callable overlays were explored. These composite overlays were then simulated using geo-mapping software and presented for evaluation by Infantry Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), using scenario simulations. The results showed that the required data for overlays depended upon both the command position (Section or Platoon) and the type of operation. Accordingly, recommendations were made for a base map (composite overlay consisting of all essential information required by the dismounted infantry commander) that would always be available and for three additional composite overlays

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Geographic Information System;GIS;mobile mapping;ISSP;geospatial data visualization;composite overlays
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2012-045 — Contract Report
Date of publication
01 Mar 2012
Number of Pages
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