Evaluation of Digital Maps and Radio Communication in Dismounted Infantry Operations

Évaluation de l’Utilisation de Cartes Numériques et de la Radio Communication

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Authors
  1. Adams, B.D.
  2. Tack, D.W.
  3. Sartori, J.A.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
Abstract
SIREQ-TD (Soldier Information Requirements Technology Demonstration) has determined that information transfer and communication between members in a dismounted infantry section is critical for mission success, and most soldier modernization programs in other countries have adopted an intra-section radio as part of their standard equipment. The purpose of the present study was to determine whether the use of a digital map coupled with a radio would improve the communication and performance of soldiers in a computer-simulated 1st person shooter game. Specifically, we were interested in determining which aspects of communication and performance would or would not be enhanced with and without a digital map, and whether there would be differences in information exchanged with or without a radio. Thirty-two (32) soldiers were organized into four 8-person sections. Each section participated in 16 virtual-reality multi-player missions (for a total of 64 missions) while seated at computer workstations in a laboratory over the course of 8 days, to evaluate the effects of adding digital maps and radios to simulated dismounted infantry operations. Participants had the ability to activate a digital map by pressing a key to turn the map on and off. There were 4 different 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). In the no radio mis

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Keywords
Soldier Information Requirements Technology Demonstration Project;SIREQ TD;intra-section radio;communication;first person shooter;computer-simulation;digital map;wayfinding;virtual reality;computer gamel;soldier communication;situation awareness;workload;teamwork;information transfer
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2005-024 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 May 2005
Number of Pages
72
DSTKIM No
CA026878
CANDIS No
524848
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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