Accession Number : ADA298015

Title :   Analysis of DoD Usage of Multimedia Technology to Determine Requirements for Standards.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s) : Morton, Richard P. ; Youngblut, Christine

PDF Url : ADA298015

Report Date : MAR 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 42

Abstract : Multimedia technology combines text, still images, video, audio and other forms of computer data to form a composite information object that can be manipulated and used to convey information in a useful, educational, entertaining, realistic, or more easily understood manner. Multimedia technology has been shown to improve effectiveness and reduce cost, particularly in training applications. Surveys of interactive videodisc instruction in military training settings found increases in the number of the students reaching mastery and lower costs. The intent of the study was to understand how the use of multimedia in DoD depends upon the portability and interoperability of hardware, software, and data products. There was no intent to determine the extent of multimedia technology penetration in DoD, nor to produce validated requirements. The first question that needed to be answered was whether there was, in fact, any need for standards in this area at present. The scope of the study included command and control (C2), intelligence, and all mission support areas. It also included weapon systems, sensors, medical and other laboratory equipment, simulators, and automated information systems. A survey of selected DoD multimedia producers, consumers, and policy makers was undertaken to identify how multimedia technology is being used or anticipated for use and to identify the roles of portability and interoperability in those uses. In parallel with the survey, the activities of vendors and standards organizations were monitored to gain a better understanding of marketplace directions and trends in the development and use of standards.

Descriptors :   *INFORMATION SYSTEMS, *MEDIA, *RESEARCH MANAGEMENT, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, DATA PROCESSING, REQUIREMENTS, AUTOMATION, ORGANIZATIONS, DETECTORS, VALIDATION, STUDENTS, TRAINING, LOW COSTS, INTERACTIONS, WEAPON SYSTEMS, COMPUTERS, INTEROPERABILITY, COSTS, PENETRATION, IMAGES, COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, MISSIONS, GAIN, STANDARDS, INSTRUCTIONS, MEDICAL EQUIPMENT, CONSUMERS, LABORATORY EQUIPMENT, VIDEO RECORDING, DISK RECORDING SYSTEMS.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Recording and Playback Devices

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE