The goal of the Field evaluations was to assess the TRANSTAC systems in a more realistic environment. The Field evaluations introduced uncontrolled ambient background noise, sunlight, and wind. The Marines carried the TRANSTAC technologies where some featured external, human-attachable speakers and were allowed to move around within their scenario station. Three unique scenario stations were simulated including a truck to support a vehicle checkpoint and forward operating base entry control point scenarios, an area to simulate a local national’s home to support census and medical conversations, and another area to simulate a facility in support of facility inspection and combined operations planning dialogues. The Marines and Pashto speakers performed eight spontaneous scenarios in the field where a scribe was employed in the same manner as was done in the lab evaluations.
This work was done by Brian A. Weiss and Craig I. Schlenoff of the National Institute of Standards and Technology for DARPA. DARPA-0012
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