Cybernet clinches two lucrative defence contracts

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CYBERNET SYSTEMS has clinched two lucrative defence contracts with the US Department of Defense (DoD).

The company will provide a "full spectrum" of warfighter simulation, training and modeling products to the DoD and other coalition members.

"Cybernet's commitment to amplifying human ability through the application of technology has resulted in 20 years of innovative contributions to the world's health, productivity and security," said Cybernet CEO Heidi Jacobus. "As participants in this US Army contract, we look forward to continuing our work on behalf of American servicemen and women everywhere."

A company spokesperson told The News that Cybernet's technology is expected to help prepare soldiers slated for deployment in Afghanistan.

"This contract covers all modeling, simulation and training for the US Army, so any work under this contract would certainly assist soldiers slated for active duty anywhere. (Our solutions) couple simulation strategy with third-person perspective for the control of unmanned systems and with soldiers on the ground," added the spokesperson.

Cybernet offers a full-range of simulation and training capabilities, including:

  • Virtual Systems Integration Laboratory (VSIL): Provides open interoperability between simulation models generated by various manufacturers.
  • Gesture and human motion detection: Analyses intent, behavior and command generation.
  • Portable geo-location/situation awareness: Facilitates tracking solutions based on solid state, magnetic, GPS and FOG technology fusion.

Cybernet has also developed an HLA (high level architecture) massive multiplayer simulation that features terrain generation, cockpit/part task training integration, as well as training and mission rehearsal operations. The advanced environment allows large numbers (100,000+) of users to interact in real time within a common object space. 

As The News previously reported, simulations provide a safe, realistic and interactive instructional platform for the 21st century soldier. Indeed, a number of companies have developed simulators for the US armed forces, including Alion Science & Technology, which recently agreed to provide the Army with a virtual IED (Improvised Explosive Device) training platform.

The simulators are slated for deployment by the Army's joint training counter improvised explosive device (C-IED) operations integration center (JTCOIC). Alion, as a subcontractor to BAE Systems, operates the systems integration modeling and simulations (SIMS) directorate within JTCOIC. The directorate offers animated renderings of actual IED events by utilising a variety of analytical tools, physics-based constructive simulations and gaming software.

"The goal of this programme is to give deploying soldiers a realistic view of the current situation in the field. In just a few days, we translate actual battlefield information into video simulations for classroom and field training," explained Dick Brooks, Alion senior VP and manager of the distributed simulation group. "The videos provide accurate re-creations of the enemy's most recent tactics as well as how our forces responded, which can benefit both soldiers and commanders. This programme helps soldiers train with the latest information, which makes the training more relevant to current field conditions."