Evaluation of Digital Maps and Radio Communication in Dismounted Infantry Operations

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


  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)
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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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
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