Accession Number : ADA314788

Title :   A Human Factors Evaluation of the Albedos Human-Machine Interface for Search and Rescue

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : DEFENCE AND CIVIL INST OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE DOWNSVIEW (ONTARIO)

Personal Author(s) : McFadden, S. M. ; Shek, Y. P.

PDF Url : ADA314788

Report Date : JUL 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 47

Abstract : ALBEDOS (Airborne Laser Based Enhanced Detection and Observation System) is an active imaging device designed to enhance surveillance capability at night and under degraded weather conditions. It is currently being developed for use in search and rescue (SAR) operations. DCIEM was requested to carry out a human factors evaluation of the ALBEDOS human-machine interface (HMI) as part of a technical evaluation of the system. The human factors evaluation included a desktop analysis of the HMI for compliance with MIL-STD-1472D and structured interviews with potential users of the system. The users participated in the technical trials and carried out several scenarios that involved detecting and identifying targets at night. The results of the desktop evaluation indicated that the current ALBBDOS interface does not meet MIL-STD-1472D. The participants' comments supported this finding. They thought that the system could be useful for identifying targets at night and under degraded weather conditions. However, due to the current physical and manpower constraints of the SAR environment, the interface should be simplified considerably and many of the functions should be automated.

Descriptors :   *HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, *MAN MACHINE SYSTEMS, *SEARCH AND RESCUE, TEST AND EVALUATION, DETECTION, WEATHER, INTERFACES, PHYSICAL PROPERTIES, OBSERVATION, AIRBORNE, TARGETS, LASERS, MANPOWER, IMAGES, NIGHT, SURVEILLANCE, ALBEDO, INTERVIEWING.

Subject Categories : Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System
      Escape, Rescue and Survival

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE