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Innovation Showcase agenda at ITEC 2017, 16 - 17 -18 May

Innovation Showcase agenda at ITEC 2017, 16 - 17 -18 May



The Innovation Showcase is a free-to-attend theatre on the show floor. Exhibitors will be presenting throughout the three days of the event – launching brand new technologies, demonstrate upgrades to their products and showing visitors how their products can help end-users.

Tuesday 16 May

Time Presenter Description
Title: Innovative approach for Virtual training of joint-fires  

Mr. Oren Sheinfeld  

Company: Bagira Systems  

Most modern armed forces are challenged by the need to adapt to the newly evolving threats and foreseen scenarios. Doctrine, weapons, ammunition, target acquisition means and supporting systems are being changed and adopted to face the challenges of the future. The new fire support process is becoming a highly complex joint effort, involving a variety of intelligence collection sensors, and a large arsenal of factors –airborne, land and naval ones. This Joint Fires process dictates the need for a new generation of Joint Fire Trainers that will enable instructing, training and certificating all those involved in the Joint Fires support process and in the most effective way.  
 Title: Semi-Automatic Tank – controlling a tank platoon in urban combat

Maj. Yoav Yulis

Company:  IDF Ground Forces Command Battlelab 

Our presentation will focus on these 3 main topics: 1. Controlling an entire platoon in the simulation with one operator as opposed to the importance of combat from "within the tank" in light of the challenges of armored warfare in urban combat 2. . User interface - Building a suitable UI as an effective tool for controlling and managing a tank platoon in urban territory. 3. The Technological Challenge – integrating the simulation graphics engine and the computer generated forces, in order to create an ability to manage combat, controlling multiple-station tank simulations, simultaneously.  
Title: Live Virtual and Constructive Training 

Alastair Parkinson 

Company: Cubic Defence (UK) 

A presentation on Project MicroSCOPIC; the delivery of Live, Virtual and Constructive training across deployable and fixed LTE networks in the UK, Canada and East Africa. Presentation will focus on the how the Programme delivers complexity and breadth in training in a cost effective manner, delivering an enhanced collective training experience that would otherwise be prohibitive in terms of cost, safety and training realism. 
Title: New Horizons in WESS (Weapon Effectiveness Simulation Systems) 

Alessio Lepre 

Company: LACS - Laser Advanced Combat System 


LACS was born out of the conviction that tactical training has been experiencing a sort of standstill in recent times. The reasons for that are manifold. CT and CQB Tactical Training, using otherwise very effective conventional training systems, has sometimes been limited by simple physical rules. In short, there is no system capable of combining all advantages of all different training systems together. However, this does not mean that no approximation to this ideal is possible. Therefore, we have been trying to develop a system designed to maximize the simulation of realistic conditions, training data gathering, debriefing applications and last but not least, user and equipment ergonomics. The use of newest technological solutions, like the double-laser system or the vibration-triggered laser emission system - our patents stand as testimony for this.  
Title: Customer-specific training systems for maintenance crews 
1600 - 1630

Michele Sesana 

Company: TXT NEXT



This innovation showcase will present TXT NEXT’s methodology and software assets for creating customer-specific training systems for maintenance crews, ranging from interactive CBTs to fully immersive virtual environments. A real-life example of application will be used to illustrate how you can leverage emerging AR/VR technologies to transform and augment existing training materials in order to achieve higher levels of trainee engagement. This directly translates into enhanced retention of information and better recall of procedural knowledge, which is prerequisite to maintaining complex systems safely and efficiently.

Wednesday 17 May

Time Presenter Description
Title: Managing Audio, Streaming Media and Simulation for Enhanced Training and AAR
09:30 - 10:00

Mr Björn Möller 

Company:  Pitch Technologies 

Many simulation interoperability applications primarily focus on platforms, weapons and sensors. However, in most training exercises, coordination, collaboration, decision making and correct use of C2 systems are just as important. To evaluate the performance of the training audience, and to provide feedback, these factors are also key parts of the After-Action Review.

In this presentation, we introduce two new Pitch products designed to deliver these capabilities.

Pitch Media Streamer gives you the power to capture screens and cameras, and monitor them during and after the exercise. 

Pitch Talk is a powerful product for student communication that goes beyond regular radio simulations. Mix text chat, clear audio, intercom and radio communications for any purpose. Pre-plan student groups and channels, and update them dynamically during the exercise.

Both products operate over local and wide area HLA or DIS networks and can be recorded and replayed in perfect synchronisation with simulation data.

Title: Launch & Recovery tests and simulations 
10:15 - 10:45

Dr. Ing Frans Kremer 

Company: Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) 

Launch & Recovery tests and simulations Launch & Recovery of RHIB’s/FRISC’s and autonomous systems is one of the major challenges of future naval operations. The complexity of these kind of operations in waves, wind and current will determine the major part of the operational usability of vessels. Therefore MARIN has take the initiative to set-up the ‘LAURA’ Joint Industry Project (JIP). In this JIP research is done, together with international partners, to the challenges of Launch & Recovery and the possible solutions. During the presentation examples and results will be shared, which concepts are being developed and how the simulations to achieve this are set-up. MARIN: Dr.-Ing Frans Kremer 
Title: CGF for collective training and force preparation
11:00 - 11:30

David Silvestre

Company: Thales

Today’s operations require maximum tactical agility and joint coordination between Force and Civilian components, however delivering this capability in Training solutions remains a challenge as the need for realistic behaviors and the complexity of the order of battle increase. This presentation will highlight how Thales overcomes this challenge with its unique mission-based CGF.
Title: Persistent Cyber Training Environments - Cyber Ranges 
11:45 - 12:15

Stephanie Harwell 

Company: Metova

Metova will provide an overview our existing commercial cyber range technology, Cyberoperations Enhanced Network and Training Simulator (CENTS®), in use within the US defence industry and academia. Cyber ranges expose operators to various network situations, threats, and adversaries. The risk-free environment of a cyber range and scenario based stimuli allow cyber forces to experience and conduct aggressive activities to: disrupt, obstruct, and destroy the integrity of the network; infiltrate a computer network for intelligence collection; and train on procedures and tactics to defend and protect the network. The showcase will provide an overview of Metova's four persistent cyber training environment platforms (individual trainer, team/capstone trainer, academia trainer, and virtualized global Internet) providing cyber range solutions for training, exercising, and testing full-spectrum cyberspace capabilities.
Title: Virtual and Augmented Reality for Maintenance Operations Support and Training  
12:30 - 13:00

Marie-Julie Pecoult 

Company: DIGINEXT 

Long downtimes reduce the availability of equipments, costing time and money to the companies. Systems often require highly qualified staff for corrective and preventive maintenance activities, especially for occasional failures for which technicians are not trained to. Evaluating the cause of a breakdown and performing the necessary operations to repair the defective equipment requires them to browse through long printed manuals and access to heterogeneous sources of data. Virtual Maintenance Trainer (VMT), developed by DIGINEXT’s, with AR capabilities, provides all the necessary instructions directly to the technicians letting them fully concentrate on their tasks. Contextual and relevant work instructions are superimposed on their work environment, precisely when and where it’s needed. Such systems dramatically reduces repair times and costly errors, while minimizing personal injuries. The VMT is designed to build scalable training applications for increasing trainees’ efficiency while significantly reducing content production costs. It delivers a set of productivity tools to create, execute and monitor interactive training scenarios. 
Title: Advantages of a Mobile Training/Simulation Unit 
13:15 - 13:45

Tom Harper 

Company: Kentucky Trailer 

Kentucky Trailer Technologies is the premier manufacturer of specialty mobile platforms for military applications such as training and simulation, command and communications, and medical applications. Platforms available include trailers such as straight and expandable 53’ units offering over 1,000 square feet of floor space, ISO shelters of multiple sizes and configurations, and self-propelled units on a variety of chassis. The benefits of a mobile, vs. fixed, facility are numerous and will be discussed. The mobile facility is configured specifically for the intended training with features such as HVAC, flexible seating configurations, AV equipment and data ports. Quite often, trainers come to a military base and have to make due with whatever spare room is available. Training is brought to the soldier eliminating travel cost and time away from family. Additionally, the unit becomes a shared asset among locations resulting in significant cost savings. These benefits and more will be discussed.  
Title: Small Form Factor Computers for the Simulation and Training Industry 
14:00 - 14:30

Keith Phelps 

Company: FoxGuard Solutions 

A need was identified for the simulation and training industry to reduce the footprint for image generator computers. The solution involved a prototype computer built by FoxGuard that is designed to lower the total cost and the total footprint for the simulation and training image generator computers. FoxGuard Solutions is a computer manufacturer and integrator in the simulation and training industry. We have strong partnerships with many commercial off the shelf computer manufacturers to meet your computer hardware needs at a low cost and with a longer life cycle. 
Title: The Future of Training on-the-job is there now 
14:45 - 15:15

Göran Kattenberg 

Company: Future Learning 

Future Learning introduces the How-To application. A very innovative solution that manages multimedia contents in ILIAS LCMS and shows it on Smart Glasses or Smart Phones. It is the best way to provide knowledge on-the-job using Augmented Reality. Practical Applications are for example step-by-step maintenance, troubleshooting, operating instructions and standard procedures. How-To allows to use different kind of smart glasses, for a more immersive experience or as a supplementary visor. It also works on smartphones and tablets. What’s unique about Xplain How-To? It is an integrated system based on exactly your needs and it provides a very good cost-to-performance ratio. The contents generated can be used on portable devices and on the ILIAS LMS platform which is used by NATO JADL. Future Learning provides an innovative on-the-job training concept that can be implemented very efficiently. 

Thursday 18 May

Time Presenter Description
Title: On Demand Hypoxia Trainer 

Dr. Ashwin Balasubramanian

Company: Lynntech 

Military pilots experience hypoxia during flight which severely affects cognitive function. Early recognition of hypoxic conditions is necessary to implement corrective action and hypoxia training facilitates this. Current technology used for hypoxia training by Defense departments has significant gaps. Low pressure chambers require extensive investment in infrastructure and maintenance while not accurately simulating military flight environments. Reduced oxygen breathing devices based on gas cylinders provide a constant flow of air that result in students experiencing air hunger that reduces training efficiency. Lynntech has developed an Electrochemical Oxygen Separation (EOS) based hypoxia training device that provides a true pressure-on-demand fl­ow rate and replicates the air delivery method of aircraft systems increasing training fidelity. Lynntech’s device does not require gas cylinders. This reduces the logistics burden associated with training and increases the portability of the device which allows for easier implementation of the system within higher fidelity training platforms with limited space. 
Title: UK MOD Research into Providing Modelling & Simulation as a Service 
10:15 - 10.45

Keith Ford 

Company: Thales UK 

The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence has a research vision for the utilisation of a range of common simulation services that aim to reduce Modelling and Simulation acquisition and support costs and promote re-use across the UK defence enterprise. Thales UK is leading a Dstl funded collaborative research project to provide advice and recommendations to de-risk the vision for providing Modelling & Simulation as a Service (MSaaS). A key feature of the proposed solution is a Registry that enables a user to search and discover simulation resources (assets, data and services) available for reuse. This contains the metadata for describing the simulation resource and an information model that defines the associations between them. The purpose of the showcase is to present and demonstrate the outputs from the project, which will include demonstrating the Discovery, Deployment and Execution of a distributed federation running in the cloud on virtual machines and containers. 
Title: Ultimate large scale Simulation Visuals
11:00 - 11:30

Christoph Bode 

Company: project: syntropy GmbH 

The market for military, commercial and industrial simulation and training constantly grows as simulators are used in many new areas where extensive and continuous training for the job is a necessity. The simulation must comprise all senses: the tactile and the kinesthetic sense, the ear and last, but not least, the eye. Therefore the quality of the projection system is critical to professional simulation. Projection systems must be of high image quality and resolution, extremely durable and efficient in a 24/7 environment and very adjustable and flexible in a tight simulation environment. Presentation will give insights of aspects of realization of VDS, starting from design /design tools over set-up / auto-calibration and touches advanced topics like optical blending and dynamic warping. Realization of eight Eurofighter-FMS– and CT-simulators,  the Transall FMS collimated VDS-upgrade and the Full Mission Simulator upgrades of three 360° fulldome Visual Display Systems for the multirole combat aircraft Tornado are some of the many complex display solutions and immersive simulation- and training environments realized by project: syntropy.
Title: Future-proofing VBS: Blending geo-specific and procedural detail for rapid, whole-earth terrain development
11.45 - 12.15

Oliver Arup 

Company: Bohemia

Future-proofing VBS: Blending geo-specific and procedural detail for rapid, whole-earth terrain development  
150 word brief:  Bohemia Interactive Simulations and TerraSim are pleased to present an overview of the latest advances in BISim’s whole-earth rendering technology VBS Blue. VBS Blue offers users flexibility whether that means a whole-earth representation with a small data footprint, or large coverage high resolution imagery. We will demonstrate how VBS Blue uses global data sources to produce geographically accurate terrain by blending traditional and procedural techniques. We will show Blue rendering ultra-high resolution aerial imagery and other common data sources and how MaterialMAP from TerraSim can be used to further refine procedural data in VBS Blue by combining the realism of high resolution imagery with the benefits of procedural terrain rendering. The presentation will also cover upcoming products based on VBS Blue technology, including VBS IG and VBS Geo. 









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