such systems are fielded, individual Convoy Comm Personal Digital
Assistant (PDA) devices are distributed to all convoy vehicles,
enabling drivers or vehicle commanders to send and receive predefined
messages with a touch on the screen. Situational reports or
distress calls with accurate position and status information
can be sent immediately, without the need for voice communications.
Convoy Comm is designed to provide an intra-convoy communications
messaging system, providing convoy commanders with up-to-date
situational picture based on the locations and status reports
received from each vehicle. The system also enables rapid and
effective distribution of alerts and commands.
Alert messages pop up on the PDA's touch screen, reducing
the convoy communications and eliminating confusion. Messages
priority and status are clearly depicted in image, color on
screen and as and audible alerts. Convoy commanders can view
the status of each vehicle, segments or the complete convoy
in real time, monitoring locations, status (stopped vehicles,
maintenance failure, report at checkpoint etc.), send driving
instructions at designated locations, and send commands (blackout,
cease fire etc.) or direct convoy members at specific threats.