SDS International (SDS) has been awarded an additional contract by the US Army Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC), Natick, MA, to further enhance the First Person Shooter (FPS) PC-based simulation system Virtual Test Bed (VTB) developed by SDS and NSRDEC under earlier contracts. Under this contract enhancement, SDS' Advanced Technologies Division, Orlando FL, will provide improved human performance measurement capabilities, increase overall system realism and effectiveness, and add a Simulated Weapons Assessment Station (SWAS) capability to the FPS VTB.
Improved human performance aspects will include realistic locomotion based upon energy expenditure, realistic volumetrics associated with actual equipment measurements, and the computation, representation and affects of body injury on performance/mobility. System enhancements will also include improved over-all system load management and more realistic human movements within the FPS VTB, plus the inclusion of health, injury and 3D volumetric data into the VTB's Digital Video Recorder that supports system monitoring and after action review.
The addition of the SWAS station will provide the FPS VTB with realistic weapons firing capabilities including the correct look and feel of the selected weapons, weapons sighting and firing (including audio and recoil), accurate ballistics, and the 3D environment (including bullet ricochets and impact decals) needed to ensure scenario realism. The SWAS will also provide accurate weapons firing data needed to support selected research activities such as assessing effects of physical changes in the soldier's ensemble.
SDS' AAcuity(r) Hero-FPS (which serves as the baseline for the FPS VTB) can function as an individual soldier providing the appropriate views (visual, NVG, IR and HUD) and employing a variety of weapons, chem-sticks, lights, etc. while moving throughout--and interacting with--virtually any distributed exercise composed of live, virtual, and constructive manned/unmanned entities. These robust capabilities make the AAcuity(r) Hero-FPS and the FPS VTB excellent choices for research and development, test and evaluation, and training applications in stand-alone and/or distributed environments.
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