The main focus of the Fraunhofer FKIE's work in the joint project is information management in the form of sensor data integration, anomaly detection, target evaluation and classification, as well as the ergonomic presentation of all the merged information.
In the interest of creating the most user-friendly display of the merged situation picture as possible, the FKIE team developed a human-machine interface guided by the principles of clarity, simplicity and situational awareness. It is based on practical user requirements, which were determined by surveys, usability studies, experiments, and expert reviews.
»The result is an adaptive, intuitive, and uncluttered interface whose central component is a large map,« explains FKIE project manager Anastasia Schwarze. »Users can interact with it in a variety of ways – they can display or hide information as required, for instance. In addition, warning messages and decision aids are automatically displayed. These are intended to assist in making the safest, most efficient decisions possible. The aim is to provide at a glance all of the relevant information evaluated by the system.«
The next milestone of the joint project is a large-scale test campaign in Bremerhaven under authentic conditions and with real-world scenarios. This is where the system should prove its efficiency.