VT MÄK Announces Availability of VR-Vantage 3D Visual Solution

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VT MAK Announces the availability of VR-Vantage, the company's new 3D visual solution.

We've been very pleased with what we've seen as members of the VR-Vantage Early Adopter program. VR-Vantage has integrated seamlessly with our synthetic environments (made up of MÄK products, as well as many others) and we have found the

VT MÄK, (MÄK), a company of VT Systems Inc (VT Systems), today announced the availability of VR-Vantage, the company's new 3D visual solution. VR-Vantage, which is built on OpenSceneGraph (OSG), consists of the next generation MÄK Stealth, MÄK's 3D information station; Vantage IG, a desktop image generator for viewing out-the-window scenes; and the VR-Vantage toolkit to extend the included visual applications or even build new applications.

VR-Vantage is terrain-agile. It does not have a single "native" format for terrain data. Instead, MÄK has ensured that VR-Vantage supports customers' pre-existing data. VR-Vantage can load traditional hand-modeled databases, source data, and it can connect to web-based servers for streaming elevation and imagery data. By leveraging OpenSceneGraph's file-loader plug-in architecture, VR-Vantage can be tailored to support custom terrain formats.

VR-Vantage comes with a rich set of built-in content. The product includes Boston Dynamics' DI-Guy to animate human characters, a selection of DiSTI's GL Studio vehicle interfaces, IDV's SpeedTree for dynamic vegetation, and Sundog's SilverLining for weather effects and volumetric clouds. MÄK continues to negotiate with other partners to include more built-in functionality in future releases. VR-Vantage also includes top quality 3D vehicle models that support damage representations and articulated parts.

"We've been very pleased with what we've seen as members of the VR-Vantage Early Adopter program. VR-Vantage has integrated seamlessly with our synthetic environments (made up of MÄK products, as well as many others) and we have found the "out-of-the-box" feature value (e.g., DI-Guy, IDV SpeedTree and Sundog SilverLining) of VR-Vantage to be extremely high. Trials of embedded integration of the VR-Vantage display engine with our local simulation framework have gone very well and we're looking forward to the availability of support for the CIGI protocol. It's great to see MÄK leveraging the value represented by OpenSceneGraph, as we have thus far been very pleased with the rendering performance and the stability of VR-Vantage running our terrain databases."
~ Murray GAMBLE
Director of Modeling & Simulation
V-SIM / Advanced Cognitive Engineering (ACE) Lab
Carleton University

"As many customers will attest, when MÄK decides to do something, they do it right. This is evidenced by the well thought out partner integration strategy regarding VR-Vantage and DiSTI's GL Studio. All too often a critical application element, such as high quality human machine interface development, is overlooked or bypassed when selecting a 3D visual solution. MÄK understands how vital this element can be to a complete training solution and has worked closely with us to provide users a seamless integrated solution. Users will find a valuable set of out-of-the-box instrumentation supplied by DiSTI and an easy upgrade path to GL Studio if users need to develop a custom interface. "
~ Joseph SWINSKI
President, DiSTI

"The introduction of VR-Vantage represents a major strategic milestone for MÄK and a disruptive change for our market. By providing a visualization product that synthesizes terrain databases on the fly, we leapfrog the entire terrain database generation process that has plagued our industry. The fact that VR-Vantage uses the exact same data sources as most C4I systems and our VR-Forces CGF product, means that our customers can finally enjoy perfect correlation between visual and non-visual simulation subsystems, and between simulations and operational C4I systems. Finally, the added value of all the pre-integrated components from our partners makes the cost effectiveness of VR-Vantage undeniable."
~ Warren KATZ
Chief Executive Officer, VT MÄK

Pricing and Availability
VR-Vantage is available now.

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VT MÄK, a company of VT Systems, develops software to link, simulate and visualize the virtual world. MÄK creates tools and toolkits for distributed simulations, develops PC-based military tactical and operational trainers, crafts custom solutions, and researches and develops the latest simulation technologies. The company builds commercial off the shelf simulation software that is flexible, portable and supported. MÄK puts its distributed simulation expertise in each of its interoperable products, from the VR-Link networking toolkit, to VR-Forces, MÄK's computer generated forces toolkit. MÄK's worldwide customers include ITT Industries, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Thales, Tenix, Dassault, and BAE. Please visit http://www.mak.com.

VT Systems, and its subsidiaries are preferred providers of engineering solutions, products, integrated systems, and services in the Americas across the core business areas of marine, aerospace, electronics and land systems. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, VT Systems operates throughout North America and offers a broad range of proven innovative services to both the commercial and government sectors. VT Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd. Please visit http://www.vt-systems.com.

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Sarah Thuman
Manager, Corporate Communications
VT Systems
Phone: 703-739-2610
Fax: 703-739-2611

Michelene K. St. Amand
Director, Marketing Communications
Tel: 617-876-8085 ext. 144    
Fax: 617-876-9208

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