George Mason University Chooses VT MAK Products for C4I Center

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VR-Forces and VR-Vantage selected as backbone for modeling and simulation test bed at C4I Center and sister lab at Brazil’s Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica

VT MÄK (MÄK), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that George Mason University’s (GMU) Center of Excellence in Command, Control, Communications, Computing and Intelligence (C4I) has selected VR-Forces simulation solution and VR-Vantage XR visualization tools as the foundation of their Modeling and Simulation test bed.

This system will be part of a collaboration with Brazil’s Instituto Tecnológica de Aeronática (ITA) in San José dos Campos where a similar system will be installed with the help of MÄK’s Latin American reseller, Latinmedia.

This test bed will be used at both ITA and at GMU’s C4I Center. PhD students and researchers will use the collaborative system to develop new capabilities and technologies for future coalition command and control (C2).

GMU’s C4I Center, housed in the Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering, is the nation’s first and only civilian university-based entity offering academic and research programs in military applications of information technology.

VR-Forces is MÄK’s Computer Generated Forces solution for generating and executing scenarios. It can be used as a tactical leadership trainer, threat generator for man-in-the-loop training systems, test bed for hardware-in-the-loop weapon systems development, or embedded course of action analysis stimulator for operational systems. VR-Forces’ many customers include RUAG, Rheinmetall’s ADOS program, and the Thales Watchkeeper UAV program.
VR-Vantage XR is part of MÄK’s full line of 2D and 3D visualization products. It comprises :

  • VR-Vantage XR – All the functionality of a 3D Stealth viewer and a 2D PVD viewer with the added unique “eXaggerated Reality” mode to achieve a big picture understanding of a battlefield situation, while maintaining an immersive sense of perspective.
  • VR-Vantage Stealth – A 3D visualization tool that focuses on information. It provides a wide variety of data about the networked virtual world, overlaid on a realistic 3D scene.
  • VR-Vantage PVD – Tactical map display to increase awareness and help users gain new insight into the virtual environment or battle.
  • VR-Vantage IG – An image generation software solution that can be used to render a first-person view for a virtual trainer, to provide a sensor channel for a UAV simulation, or to generate simulated security camera feeds for a homeland security application.
  • VR-Vantage Toolkit – A powerful and flexible platform for developing 2D and 3D visualization applications.

Latinmedia is MÄK’s Latin American reseller and the leading regional provider of comprehensive simulation and IT solutions, tools, products and professional services for customers in commercial, military and government markets. Latinmedia offers the latest technological solutions, as well as finished products and integration of solutions for development of applications for simulation and visualization and real-time control.

“I am impressed by the widespread use of MÄK’s VR-Forces throughout Latin America. VR-Forces was the best choice for implementing the C2 research test bed between ITA in Brazil and George Mason University's C4I Center in the US.”
~ Michael HIEB, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor, Center of Excellence in C4I, George Mason University

“We’re delighted that ITA and George Mason University selected VR-Forces and VR-Vantage XR from all the commercial- and government-off-the-shelf solutions available to them. This demonstrates the continued melding of the modeling and simulation and the C2 markets, as well as the continued adoption of MÄK’s products into the operational world.”
~ Warren KATZ
Chief Executive Officer, VT MÄK

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VT MÄK helps customers deliver simulation systems. Leveraging a strong foundation of COTS software products and custom developed system components, MÄK works with customers to build and populate compelling 3D simulated environments in which users train, plan, analyze, experiment, prototype, and demonstrate. MÄK’s primary users are in the aerospace and defense industry, yet the company’s products and services can be used anywhere modeling and simulation is needed. Thousands of customers worldwide use MÄK products, including the world’s ten largest defense contractors. VT MÄK is a company of VT Systems. Please visit http://www.mak.com.

VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems’ innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit http://www.vt-systems.com.

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Michelene K. St. Amand
Director, Marketing Communications
VT MÄK
Phone: (1) 617 876 8085 ext. 144
Fax:    (1) 617 876 9208
Email: mstamand(at)mak(dot)com

Edward Szeto
Manager, Corporate Communications
VT Systems
Phone: (1) 703 739 2610
Fax:    (1) 703 739 2611
Email: eszeto(at)vt-systems(dot)com

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