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Tag-n-track system for situation awareness for MOUTs
Author(s): Rakesh Kumar; Manoj Aggarwal; Thomas E. Germano; Tao Zhao; Robert Fontana; Martin Bushika
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Paper Abstract

In order to train war fighters for urban warfare, live exercises are held at various Military Operations on Urban Terrain (MOUT) facilities. Commanders need to have situation awareness (SA) of the entire mock battlefield, and also the individual actions of the various war fighters. The commanders must be able to provide instant feedback and play through different actions and 'what-if' scenarios with the war fighters. The war fighters in their turn should be able to review their actions and rehearse different maneuvers. In this paper, we describe the technologies behind a prototype training system, which tracks war fighters around an urban site using a combination of ultra-wideband (UWB) Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and smart video based tracking. The system is able to: (1) Tag each individual with an unique ID using an RFID system, (2) Track and locate individuals within the domain of interest, (3) Associate IDs with visual appearance derived from live videos, (4) Visualize movement and actions of individuals within the context of a 3D model, and (5) Store and review activities with (x,y,ID) information associated with each individual. Dynamic acquisition and recording of the precise location of individual troops and units during training greatly aids the analysis of the training sessions allowing improved review, critique and instruction.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 May 2006
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6227, Enabling Technologies for Simulation Science X, 622704 (22 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.665846
Show Author Affiliations
Rakesh Kumar, Sarnoff Corp. (United States)
Manoj Aggarwal, Sarnoff Corp. (United States)
Thomas E. Germano, Sarnoff Corp. (United States)
Tao Zhao, Sarnoff Corp. (United States)
Robert Fontana, Multispectral Solutions Inc. (United States)
Martin Bushika, MARCORSYSCOM (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6227:
Enabling Technologies for Simulation Science X
Dawn A. Trevisani, Editor(s)

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