Investigation of Alternative Methods of Transferring Reconnaissance and Platoon Orders Information

Étude sur les Moyens de Communiquer les Données de Reconnaissance et les Ordres de Peloton


  1. Angel, H.A.
  2. Tack, D.W.
  3. Massel, L.J.
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Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
This experiment investigated the technological ability to capture and transfer information from recce patrols to higher echelons. A daily mission was carried out in which three sections conducted recce patrols. Following the recce patrols, the section leaders and the platoon commander collocated and conducted recce briefings. Three different methods of capturing, preparing and transferring information with increasing digital capability were evaluated by a jury of the section leaders’ and platoon commander’s peers watching the transfer of information from a remote location. The first method acted as a baseline for the other two conditions (current CF practice). In this Face to Face condition, the report and drawings were drafted by hand, and pictures were taken with a Polaroid camera. The patrol briefing was conducted face to face. For the Digital/Radio condition, the report and drawings were produced digitally, and pictures were taken with a digital camera. The briefing was conducted remotely by radio. For the Digital/Telepresence condition, the report and drawings were produced digitally, pictures were taken digitally, and overlays were used. For this condition, the briefing took place remotely by telepresence. Following the section recce briefings, the platoon commander conducted a recce and distributed his orders. For the commander’s recce, the following three methods evaluated were the physical recce (current CF procedure), remote recce by radio, and remote recce by

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Soldier Information Requirements Technology Demonstration Project;SIREQ TD;Recce patrols;recce briefing;information transfer;Unattended Aerial Vahicle;UAV;telepresence;digital tools;Human Factors
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2005-054 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Jul 2005
Number of Pages
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