Digital Semaphore: Tactical Implications of QR Code Optical Signaling for Fleet Communications
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF INFORMATION SCIENCES
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This thesis focuses on the potential tactical uses of Quick Response QR codes for optical signaling. It examines visual communications methods used effectively by the fleet throughout history, both during peacetime and wartime operations. Due to the advent of new technology, radio frequency line-of-sight RF LOS communications have come to the forefront of current operations, leaving the fleet vulnerable when conducting operations in an emissions-controlled EMCON environment. The need for a reliable visual line-of-sight LOS communications method has become apparent. The use of QR codes also can circumvent the problems associated with Hazards of Electromagnetic Radiation to Ordinance HERO as well as provide an effective means of conducting Identification Friend FoeNeutral IFFN. QR codes have the ability to become the newest and most effective method of visual communication for the Navy. The thesis also examines the use of various sensors and cameras to read and decode QR codes, and proposes specific uses of QR codes for communications on board ships, aircraft, and UAVs. Prototype software is provided as an initial-candidate QR Tactical Decision Aid TDA. The ultimate goal of the thesis is to provide the fleet with an option for a visual communications method that allows ships and other units operating in a tactical emissions-controlled environment to minimize communications vulnerability and maximize operational effectiveness.
- Marine Engineering
- Naval Surface Warfare
- Non-Radio Communications