Mobile Geospatial Information Systems For Land Force Operations – Analysis of Operational Needs And Research Opportunities


  1. Rehak, L.A.
  2. McKee, K.
  3. Matthews, M.
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Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
Geospatial Data Visualization is an Applied Research Project (ARP) that investigates human factors issues associated with geospatial data visualization in a mobile Geographic Information System (GIS) environment. The work covered by this report represents a scoping phase of the project. It analyzes the CF operational needs and research for cost-effective opportunities for utilizing these technologies in land forces operations. The first milestone of this scoping study investigated the front-end usability of current mobile GIS systems. Human factors issues associated with geovisualization were analysed with reference to findings that pertained to mapping requirements identified in the SIREQ TD. An extensive technology review was conducted with emphasis on the functionality associated with effective visualization and processing of large volumes of geospatial data on mobile devices. This review also included identifying relevant military tasks, in which mobile GIS systems could be effectively used. A complete list of technical and operational requirements was created and mapped onto existing commercial and military mobile GIS systems in the second milestone. A workshop was conducted as the third milestone, where SMEs and operational level military officers discussed the operational tasks identified in the first two milestones. The workshop participants elaborated on some of the currents needs and identified scenario-based operational requirements and gaps that hinder effective u

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Geovisualization;Geospatial data visualization;Geographical information systems;Location based technology systems;Integrated Soldier System Project;ISSP;Handheld computers;Land forces;Handheld devices
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2010-014 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
15 Mar 2010
Number of Pages
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