Exploration of collaborative environment technologies for maritime analysis

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Authors
  1. Vachon, É.
  2. Lavigne, V.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN)
Abstract
The identification and tracking of Vessels of lnterest (VOIs) require the collaboration of various analysts from the federal departments forming the Maritime Security Operations Centers, to collect and analyze information about this vessel, to understand its intentions and assess if it may represent a threat. ln order to support collaborative work, the Intelligence Laboratory (ILAB) of the Intelligence and Information (12) section was equipped with new advanced displays and interactions devices. For a period of eight months, a team worked to explore how these technologies could enhance collaborative analysis and shared situation awareness among analysts. Existing multi-touch frameworks were explored and a multi-touch version of Google Earth was implemented. lt can be used on a multi-touch table and with a wall display using gestures that are being captured by a Microsoft Kinect sensor. A maritime situation awareness portal including various VOI analysis tools mock-ups was developed and displayed on the knowledge wall. A simple application was also developed to display vessel information windows with various orientations. This exploration of advanced Human-Computer Interaction technologies produced insights on how to take advantage of these innovations in a maritime surveillance context as well as in other intelligence domain activities.

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Keywords
advanced technologies;human-computer interaction;large group display;knowledge wall;gesture interaction;multi-touch;surface computing;vessel of interest;maritime analysis;collaboration;maritime domain awareness;situation analysis
Report Number
DRDC-VALCARTIER-TM-2011-233 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Apr 2012
Number of Pages
60
DSTKIM No
CA046808
CANDIS No
807163
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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