Development and Evaluation of Soldier Symbology

Développement et Évaluation de la Symbologie du Soldat


  1. Tack, D.W.
  2. Robson, J.
  3. Matthews, M.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
Future soldier systems are being developed that can display a soldier's geo-location on a portable, wearable digital display but common NATO symbology does not exist for displaying these soldiers on a map. NATO Land Capability Group 1 (LCG 1) has identified a need to develop and validate common symbology for the individual soldier that can be displayed on a wide range of digital display types, to improve the joint interoperability of NATO C4I information systems at the dismounted soldier level. National symbology sets were provided by LCG1 for a heuristic analysis based on symbology standards and guidelines in the military domain, and in the areas of human factors and symbol adaptability to digital displays. The review of existing symbol sets, provided by LCG1 indicated that they generally fell short of the ideal. A new symbol concept was developed to better conform to the heuristic framework and a future plan of laboratory and field testing was proposed. Suggestions for improving the design and development of soldier system symbology are provided and opportunities afforded by hardware and software capabilities are discussed.

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Symbology, soldier systems, NATO symbology
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2009-064 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
08 Mar 2009
Number of Pages
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