Range Experience Acquisition Portal for Evaluation & Reporting (REAPER) is a great success story involving collecting data from live firing ranges using the Experience API (xAPI) and the associated Learning Record Store (LRS). The main takeaways are that Corrective Interactive Multimedia Instruction (IMI) can be delivered to the shooter, total range performance for the day can be delivered to the coach/commander, and range operations data can be delivered to the maintenance personnel. The ability to receive individualized feedback; analyze group performance to make informed decisions; and identify favored lanes and targets, target life cycle data, and required maintenance were not possible before.
The process begins with the shooter entering a 4-digit code into the student station and completing training. While the training is occurring, xAPI statements are transmitted to the Range LRS. The Range LRS transmits data to the Riptide LRS, which is connected to the reporting database where the data is aggregated to develop the Corrective IMI. Following the training, the shooter, coach/commander, and researcher are able to log in to their respective portals to view the results. The initial proof of principle took place at the U.S. Army Oscar 9 Range in Ft. Benning, GA, but the system and data analysis that resulted can be used by a number of other services and agencies, including U.S. Marine Corps, Special Forces, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
For more information, view the Riptide Case Study.
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Visit the TryxAPI GitHub for the xAPI resources which were used in conjunction with this project.
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The research paper, “Putting Live Firing Range Data to Work Using the xAPI” provides additional details about the proof of principle project conducted at Ft. Benning and its results.
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