Virtalis shows latest HCR system and military GeoVisionary
STAND C170 at this year’s ITEC Show will be the first chance for people to check out the new Virtalis Helicopter Crew Reality system complete with new synthetic helicopter cabin, as well as a special military variant of its GeoVisionary software displayed in full 3D courtesy of a Virtalis ActiveMove.
ITEC is Europe’s largest gathering of military training specialists and this year is in Koelnmesse, Cologne between 10th and 12th May.
Helicopter Crew Reality, or HCR, is often described as the blue riband of helicopter crew training environments and is used by both the Defence Helicopter Flying School, 60 Squadron at RAF Shawbury and SARTU (Search and Rescue Training Unit) at RAF Valley. It is that rare beast, a mature Virtual Reality (VR) system, having being developed by Virtalis, in conjunction with the RAF over the last decade. HCR provides helicopter crew with a VR training environment in which to develop skills in team-wide communication during complex training missions. Virtalis has invested considerable resources over the last year to add even greater realism and functionality to this successful head-mounted display based ActiveSpace system.
Squadron Leader Harry Palmer, former officer in command of 60 Squadron, explained: “Since the inception of Helicopter Crew Reality, when placed in real helicopters, student rear crew have a better understanding of what they are seeing and doing. The mission play back function is particularly useful, as, during debrief, we can show them where they have been making errors.”
GeoVisionary is new to the sphere of military training and is the world’s only 3D high speed, landscape model visualiser, making it perfect for virtual field reconnaissance and mission planning. GeoVisionary is the result of a four year research collaboration between the British Geological Survey (BGS) and Virtalis. Now, following its application in a large number of diverse applications around the world, the development team behind it has turned its attention to the military sector.
Members of the military who have seen a preview have commented that they think the system will prove invaluable to mission planning. GeoVisionary was specifically developed to allow high-resolution visualisation of complex spatial data. One of the design goals was to ensure that data sets for large regions, national to sub-continental, could be loaded simultaneously and at full resolution, while allowing real-time interaction with the data. The unique advantage GeoVisionary offers over any other landscape visualisation software is its ability to integrate very large volumes of data from multiple and varied sources, allowing a greater understanding of diverse spatial datasets.
Visitors to ITEC will be able to savour the power of GeoVisionary in full 3D thanks to the Virtalis ActiveMove that displays it. ActiveMove is a transportable, interactive 3D visualisation system that is setting the industry benchmark for both price and performance. ActiveMove combines best in class technology and is part of the Virtalis ActiveWorks family of 3D immersive visualisation solutions. With ActiveMove, data can not only be visualised in stereoscopic 3D, but also the system enables full immersion and interaction, thanks to Virtalis’ integrated head and hand tracking solution. This added functionality alters the perspective of the visuals according to the user’s position and orientation within the scene.
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