Lisa Heidelberg, chief of the mission command capabilities division at the U.S. Army‘s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, has discussed her team’sÂ initiativesÂ to accelerate preparation ofÂ infrastructure for an operation.
The ArmyÂ said Wednesday Heidelberg told reporters during a July 28 media eventÂ her group aimsÂ to develop expeditionary command post tents and eliminateÂ the need for wires and keyboards in CPs.
“To get to an expeditionary force, you need to enable the commander to be mobile, to be able to command from outside the CP,”Â sheÂ added.
Tyler Barton, CERDEC project lead for expeditionary command post capabilities, said his team has created a CP tent that is designed to supportÂ assemblyÂ within seconds as well as house a Humvee to remove the need for trailers.
TheÂ 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment has tested the tent duringÂ theÂ Network Integration Evaluation exercises held at Fort Bliss in October last year, according to Barton.
HeÂ added his team also worked to removeÂ video cables in the 200-poundÂ Jupiter SwitchÂ transit box through theÂ Display Viewer Application that is designed to connect computersÂ over a wireless local area network.
Cyndi Carpenter, CERDEC data engineering branchÂ chief,Â said her team has developed theÂ Single, Multimodal, Android Service for Human-Computer Interaction app as part of efforts to replaceÂ keyboardsÂ withÂ gesture, voice interaction and eye tracking technologies.
SMASH is designed to translateÂ voice commands to activate controls on aÂ monitor display of a battlefield, the Army noted.
Carpenter addedÂ SMASH completedÂ laboratory and user tests and is slated to undergo aÂ field environment assessment.