TRX Systems Receives U.S. Army Contract Enhancement Award to Develop Urban Training Solution

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Contract Awarded to Enhance System that Supports Training in Urban and Other GPS-Denied Areas, Providing Real-Time Location and Orientation of Warfighters and Effective After Action Review

TRX Systems NEON Indoor Location

TRX Systems NEON Indoor Location System

There is a urgent need for flexible, small unit training tools for Warfighters operating in areas where GPS is either unreliable or not available, such as during Military Operations on Urban Terrain (MOUT),” said Carol Politi, CEO, TRX Systems, Inc.

TRX Systems, Inc., an award winning developer of indoor location systems, announced today that it was awarded an enhancement contract with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s (ARL) Human Research and Engineering Directorate (HRED), Simulation and Training Technology Center (STTC). The contract will be used to enhance and deliver a flexible, low cost training system to support real-time location & tracking of Warfighters during urban training operations.

“There is a urgent need for flexible, small unit training tools for Warfighters operating in areas where GPS is either unreliable or not available, such as during Military Operations on Urban Terrain (MOUT),” said Carol Politi, CEO, TRX Systems, Inc. “This development will allow TRX to develop its NEON location system to fully support urban training requirements, including facilitation of immediate after action review and integration into existing Live Training Transformation (LT2) training architectures,” said Politi.

The STTC Embedded Training Enhancement Support Device for Ground Soldier Systems, which is being developed by TRX Systems, will deliver a small, Android-based application that Warfighters can use to view location of themselves and their team-mates, as well as maps of the surrounding environment. A Command Software application provides visualization of the urban terrain, and allows for rapid creation of 3D urban environments. Once the training exercise is complete, the system will provide immediate and effective after action reviews. This system will enable flexible training any time and in any geographic location, and through the after action review, assist in supporting an effective, real-time assessment of individual and team learning. The system reduces the need to rely upon expensive infrastructure to obtain Soldier location and orientation while operating indoors, and also reduces reliance on more resource and time-intensive video-based after action reviews.

The TRX training system under development in this contract will offer:

  •     Accurate, real time precision location and tracking Soldiers in GPS-denied areas
  •     2D and 3D computer based visualization options during real time execution
  •     Real-time after action reviews in both 2D and 3D, indoors and throughout a broad urban area
  •     Rapid setup and deployment allowing Warfighters to flexibly train in any location

About TRX
TRX Systems delivers precise, infrastructure free, location and tracking systems for personnel operating indoors and in locations without access to reliable GPS. The TRX Systems’ unique sensor fusion and mapping technology greatly improves situational awareness and command effectiveness by providing precise, real time 3D personnel location in areas that are GPS-denied.

TRX Systems is the recipient of numerous awards including the Innovator Award from the Chesapeake Regional Tech Counsel (CRTC), the Tibbetts Award given by the US Small Business Administration for excellence in government research and development, the Gazette Politics and Business Top 53, and the Incubator Company of the Year by the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute. TRX Systems also won the 3rd Annual Global Security Challenge.

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About the STTC
The Sergeant First Class Paul Ray Smith Simulation and Training Technology Center (STTC) is embedded at the core of Team Orlando’s modeling and simulation training corridor. The STTC is a subordinate organization under the Army Research Laboratory that engages with other services, academia and industry to research and mature critical simulation and training technologies to increase Warfighter battlefield readiness and performance.

The center’s research focus is technology for the future -- the requirements five to ten years down the road. Active investigation and development is taking place in the areas of intelligent tutors, immersive learning environments, human agent teaming, dismounted Soldier training, virtual world technologies, mobile applications (Apps) and medical simulators and simulations.

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