Correct assessment of information is crucial in mission-critical
systems and operations. 3D audio enhances the existing visual
systems while improving the audio quality of the communication.
This dramatically improves the situation awareness and chance of
survival of the pilot.
When a hostile radar station locates a fighter plane, and the
missile is on its way, the pilot has approximately five seconds to
react appropriately. Within these seconds, the pilot must perceive
the alarm in the headset, look down on his instrument panel and
interpret the content of a symbol giving the missile type, and its
direction. But even with intense training the pilots are not able
to reach a safe response time. One or two seconds might be enough
to save a pilot's life.
This desirable reduction of the response time is precisely what
3D Audio is able to deliver. When the pilot hears the warning
signal in his headset: Missile! The attack position is measured by
the fighter's computer and transformed and clarified in 3D Audio.
In other words, the pilot is able to react immediately on the
danger due to the 3D Audio sound positioning of the signal. A
so-called head tracker placed on the headset measures the pilot's
head movements and keeps the correct position no matter how the
pilot turns his head. Seconds are saved and the pilot's chance of
survival is improved.
The AM3D audio solutions provide the user with the ability to
spatially separate simultaneous audio cues, enabling the user to
hear sound sources as coming from outside while locating these
sources. The advantage of this is a more natural sound using stereo
Download PDF on 3D Positional Audio for Mission Critical