Comparison of Identify-Friend-Foe and Blue-Force Tracking Decision Support for Combat Identification (Comparaison des Systemes d'aide a la Decision Identification ami ou Ennemi et Suivi des Forces Bleues pour l'Identification au Combat)
DEFENCE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT TORONTO (CANADA)
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Technologies to support Combat Identification CID are rapidly evolving and may be deployable to dismounted soldiers in the future. Two experiments examined the effectiveness of Identify-Friend-Foe IFF and Blue-Force Tracking BFT decision support for dismounted infantry soldiers. Subjects played the role of a dismounted infantry soldier in a first-person perspective environment and engaged a series of simulated targets. Subjects attempted to engage i.e., shoot only those figures that were enemies. Results demonstrated that subjects performed better overall when they were able to use a Decision Support System DSS than perform the task without assistance. There was no difference in effectiveness of the IFF and BFT systems. Adding a 10 second delay to the updating of position information in the BFT dramatically reduced the effectiveness of a BFT, regardless of whether subjects knew about the delay or not.
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