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ENABLING COLLABORATION AND VISUALIZATION OF COMPLEX OPERATIONAL TECHNOLOGY COMPUTER NETWORKS WITH AUGMENTED REALITY TECHNOLOGY

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Authors
Timmerman, Matthew R.
Subjects
network visualization
augmented reality
operational technology
cybersecurity
situational awareness
multiuser environments
collaborative decision making
usability
Hololens
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Irvine, Cynthia E.
Sadagic, Amela
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2018-03
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Monterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate School
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Operational Technology (OT) networks are critical to mission operations on many naval platforms, yet it is often difficult to effectively communicate their status and engage in efficient decision-making at all levels of operation. While the complexity of networks has increased, visualization methods suiting the needs of a diverse set of users have not kept up. To address this problem, this research evaluated whether visualization, provided to a small group of operators acting in a shared work environment on network management, can be supported using commercial off-the-shelf, lightweight, portable augmented reality (AR) technology. The work included building a prototype AR OT network on a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer (DDG) three-dimensional model with four decks and simulated interconnected ship systems. We then designed and implemented a network infrastructure between a set of Hololenses, and built an application that allowed multiple users to collaborate by viewing the same virtual model in a real-world space setting. A study tested the system interface's usability and its value in network management scenarios. The results suggest that a lightweight AR system, with an interface that supports small-team collaboration, could be a valuable tool for increasing situational awareness in cyberspace and allowing effective team decision-making.
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Information Sciences (IS)
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Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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