Field Evaluation of Digital Maps and Radio Communication in Dismounted Infantry Operations

Évaluation des Cartes Numériques et des Communications Radio dans le Cadre des Opérations de l’Infanterie Débarquée, en Conditions Opérationnelles


  1. Adams, B.D.
  2. Tack, D.W.
  3. Thomson, M.H.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
As part of the Soldier Information Requirements Technology Demonstration (SIREQ-TD) project, this study examined the impact of providing both digital mapping and radio communication to dismounted infantry teams performing tactical assault missions in a wooded environment. A nineteen-day field trial was conducted in a wooded area in Ft. Benning, Georgia, over the periods 29 October – 14 November, 2002, and 2 March – 3 March, 2003. Thirty-two Canadian regular force infantry soldiers performed force-on-force tactical assault missions in wooded terrain. Each soldier participated in all four research conditions, which included a paper map and no radio (Paper/No Radio), a paper map and a radio (Paper/Radio), a digital map and no radio (Digital/No Radio), and a digital map and a radio (Digital/Radio). For any one mission, eight soldiers worked together as an organic infantry section, comprised of two Assault Groups (AGs), to engage an enemy force of four soldiers occupying a defensive position in the wooded area. The study showed that although the type and function of communication did not change dramatically with and without a digital map and radio, there was an increased amount of overall communication when soldiers carried radios compared to when they did not. Results also showed that there were some differences in team processes. More specifically, participants felt they had a better awareness of casualties with a paper map than with a digital map. Participants did rate perc

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Soldier Information Requirements Technology Demonstration Project;SIREQ TD;digital map;situation awareness;mission planning;decision making;information transfer
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2005-030 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Oct 2005
Number of Pages
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