Intermodal interfaces are part of the stepping-stone process that allows real- world meaningful information to be collected, transmitted, stored, analyzed, or otherwise used to make actionable decisions. In work, domains where the timeliness of such activities is significant, such as in emergency response command and control, the speed and accuracy of this data collection has been shown to improve experimentally by interface design variations that may seem inconsequential at first glance. Furthermore, careful selection of interface components can be used to facilitate better situation awareness, which logically thereby should lead to better decision making. The development of intermodal interfaces should be grounded in work domain analysis with consideration of the informational demands of NDM. These requirements bring intermodal interfaces squarely within the realm of cognitive systems.
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