ScribeVision was thrust
upon a larger canvas when the testing of BDI (Balkan Digitization
Initiative) resulted in the installation of a large computer
monitor in the main MND(N) briefing area.
by Rodney Hammack
After a year of training,
the real test of ScribeVision came when the 49th AD was actually 'on the
ground' in Bosnia.
After the success of ScribeVision at the MRE at
Fort Polk the previous November, there was high expectations for the
product in Bosnia. However, several issues arose once the 49th
AD was actually 'in country'.
One major problem was finding the time to actually
work on ScribeVision. Because the DAMO section (Division
Automation Office) portion of G6 had been contracted out by SFOR6, I
found myself moved into the Network Technician job slot. My time
was suddenly monopolized by VTC (Video Teleconference) and phonebook
In addition to getting ScribeVision up and
running, I was also tasked with implementing the official Task
Force Eagle web site for the public Internet, the Talon
On-Line as well as an intranet
site for Task Force Eagle called Eagle
I arrived in Bosnia February 18, 2000. My
first web priority was dealing with the Task Force Eagle web site.
I had trained for a year with the expectation that I would be the
webmaster for the TFE web site. However, I learned at the MRE
(November, 1999) that SFOR 6 had contracted that function out to
Once in Bosnia, I was told I was to do the TFE web
site, despite the contract with civilian contractors. This turned
out to be fortunate, because the civilian contractors did not have a
webmaster in Bosnia to assume web responsibilities.
To complicate matters, the SFOR 6 TFE Web Site was
shut down by the DOD because of questionable material posted on the
site. I was forced to devote my time and energy to getting the
public Internet site up and running immediately following TOA (Transfer
of Authority) on March 5, 2000.
In addition, I was tasked with creating an
intranet site to include the type of information that had crated
problems for the SFOR6 TFE site (phonebooks, transition handbooks,
Once the TFE and Eagle Vision sites were up and
running, I was able to devote attention to ScribeVision. That's
when I discovered that "size matters" as the result of
something called BDI (Balkan Digitization Initiative).
BDI was an ambitious project to provide a tactical
mapping system for Task Force Eagle. The project involved the
installation of tracking devices on patrol vehicles to allow the
commanders to visually monitor patrols.
A component of BDI was a large display system that
was installed in the BUB in April of 2000. This display system
was manufactured by Clarity and was basically a large computer
monitor comprised of 9 individual monitors - creating a screen
approximately 12 by 10 feet in diameter.