A HUMAN FACTORS EVALUATION OF THE ALBEDOS HUMAN-MACHINE INTERFACE FOR SEARCH AND RESCUE

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Authors
  1. McFadden, S.M.
  2. Shek, Y.P.W.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
ALBEDOS (Airborne Laser Based Enhanced Detection and Observation System) is an active imaging device designed to enhance surveillance capability at night and under degraded weather conditions. It is currently being developed for use in search and rescue (SAR) operations. DCIEM was requested to carry out a human factors evaluation of the ALBEDOS human-machine interface (HMI) as part of a technical evaluation of the system. The human factors evaluation included a desktop analysis of the HMI for compliance with MIL-STD-1472D and structured interviews with potential users of the system. The users participated in the technical trials and carried out several scenarios that involved detecting and identifying targets at night. The results of the desktop evaluation indicated that the current ALBEDOS interface does not meet MIL-STD-1472D. The participants' comments supported this finding. They thought that the system could be useful for identifying targets at night and under degraded weather conditions. However, due to the current physical and manpower constraints of the SAR environment, the interface should be simplified considerably and many of the functions should be automated. Alternative concepts for the ALBEDOS HMI are discussed. It is recommended that these concepts be prototyped and evaluated by potential users. TRUNCATED
Keywords
ALBEDOS
Report Number
DCIEM-96-R-44 —
Date of publication
01 Jul 1996
Number of Pages
44
DSTKIM No
96-03451
CANDIS No
499431
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Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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