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AuSIM defines "team communications" as any application in which a well-defined group of individuals agree to use a common voice communication system for the purpose of more effectively achieving a common goal. A team member cannot "play" if they do not have both common hardware (radio) and software (specific radio frequency), as well as follow a team protocol of use. Our definition of this application class is not limited to wireless communication, but practically most applications within it are. A major trait of a team communication class application is that all of the equipment is typically purchased together as a single system.
In contrast, AuSIM defines "open tele-communications" as a broad standard such as our
telephone system, for which any individual can buy one standard device and enter into
communications without any further coordination.
Cellphones and land-line POTS systems
are both part of the same open communication class because they use a common interface.
Family Radio Service (FRS) and Citizen Band radio (CB) are typically used as team communication systems, but by their use of 1) a standard device, 2) specific set of frequencies, and 3) an open interface, they fall under open telecommunications. Police formerly over-laid their team communications on CB, but have migrated to encrypted-secure system to protect their team goals. Aviation cockpit radios are standard and have a preset selection of frequencies, and thus seem to be open, but the strongly enforced use protocol to achieve a common goal (safe flight) limits the use to a select group and allows the pilots and controllers work as a team. Teleconferencing systems are hybrids between team and open which require their own class. Typically teleconferencing equipment is central and closed to non-team members, but the end-user equipment is open and standard.
Team communication almost always defines a mission-critical application. Teams of individuals do not typically collaborate through a specialized common system, closed to the outside world, without a significantly important mission at stake. Efficiency and effectiveness of the communication usually has a profound effect on the outcome of the mission. Further in most incidences of team communications team members are distributed, their geospatial location has meaning, and their position may be dynamic. For instance, it is important for a taxi dispatcher to know where their drivers calling in without fares are located, so as to dispatch them most efficiently.
AuSIM3D technology brings a significant effectiveness and
efficiency advantage to team communications.
By having common equipment among the entire team, the
system can optimally leverage AuSIM3D.
Most team communications applications can also make effective
use of aural information displays.
The following are examples of team communications applications for which AuSIM is interested in developing effective solutions:
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