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10 Sep 19. Team iMAST sets out to provide a step-change for UK Royal Navy and Royal Marines Training. Three of the UK’s leading Maritime Defence companies – Babcock, QinetiQ and Thales – along with academic and industry partners have joined forces to create Team iMAST: intelligent Maritime Adaptive Synthetics and Training to bid to support the modernisation of the UK Royal Navy’s individual maritime training.
Down selected to bid earlier this year, the bespoke Team iMAST collaboration – led by Babcock and comprising, QinetiQ and Centerprise International along with the Universities of Portsmouth and Strathclyde – has recently been joined by Thales and Learning Technologies Group to further bolster its highly-experienced offering. And boasting its Innovation Ecosystem of more than 50 Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs), Team iMAST is ready to deliver training to the Royal Navy when and where it is required, if selected.
Team iMAST and the Innovation Ecosystem will enable critical technology integration, backed by proven naval training resources, to drive future-ready training solutions for all elements of the Royal Navy. To launch this Ecosystem, two successful events have already been held with the most recent hosted by Team iMAST at the Digital Catapult, the UK’s leading agency for the early adoption of advanced digital technologies.
With its wealth of proven expertise, Team iMAST is uniquely placed to support this training outsource programme through its unrivalled industry know-how. The programme will provide an opportunity to help shape the future of Royal Navy training as a strategic partner and drive efficiencies and new technology.
Mark Graves, Managing Director, Babcock Marine Training said: “We have an opportunity to help shape the future for Royal Navy training and this excites every member of the iMAST team. We’ve brought together an agile and experienced collective for this bid that can meet the challenges from day one – and already understand how to support the Royal Navy to deliver successfully.
“Our mission is to transform education and training for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines and to do this at a pace that can exceed the customers’ requirements.”
In addition to the provision of training, the winning bidder of the outsourcing project will be responsible for designing, procuring and managing the maintenance and repair of all associated training equipment. It will also support the delivery and procurement of the interior design, fit out and relocation to a new purpose built facility for submarine training based on the Clyde.
Team iMAST takes its inspiration from Babcock’s iSupport 360 concept which brings total insight to projects creating powerful new ways of optimising digital technology to uniquely deliver the complete picture of customer’s programmes.
Providing intelligent, connected insights and evaluation, iSupport 360 interprets and integrates technology and information to support the management of critical assets such as ships and submarines as well as facilities, infrastructure and training.
05 Sep 19. BFBS to demonstrate MiPlayer WiFi technology at DSEI 2019. Attendees at this year’s DSEI will be able to experience BFBS’s unique MiPlayer technology at stand N3-670. MiPlayer is a platform used by the UK military to provide access to television, radio, news and other media in remote locations. It can do this in areas with poor or no internet.
The MiPlayer platform has been used by the UK Armed Forces and UK Border Force, providing both training resources and welfare media to deployed personnel in remote locations.
It has received glowing reviews from first-hand users serving in the UK military for its ease of use. The welfare and have been enhanced where MiPlayer is deployed whether at land or sea.
Direct feedback from military users includes:
“Good service which is free to use and helps fight boredom”.
“Very good service, adds a tremendous amount of value in downtime on operations”.
“Easy to use and great connection”.
“Very good service that improves the day to day life of being deployed. Allows an individual to watch what they like in their own time and place which improves the lifestyle 100%”.
Content is available in ‘catch-up’ format for convenience and choice, and live television can also be streamed through MiPlayer’s ability to connect to a TVRO satellite dish.
MiPlayer is currently in use on over half of the UK Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxillary, as well as in operational and permanent military locations such as Estonia, Poland, Bahrain, the Falkland Islands, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and South Sudan.
MiPlayer was introduced to the Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ) at a Capability Day at Chalfont Grove, where its benefit was immediately noted by those in attendance. BFBS were invited to provide a presentation at Northwood where the audience included Lt Col Philip Gill, SO1 J1 Ops covering Eurasia and Africa. Following this presentation, funding was secured and he has led the project through to its current point.
Lt Col Philip Gill said, “MiPlayer is an exceptional development which provides demonstrable benefits to Service personnel while deployed. The boost that this excellent capability gives to the Entertain function of the Deployed Welfare Package and the improvement to morale is highly evident in the feedback that the platform has received from users deployed across the globe. BFBS have been an important partner and I look forward to seeing it continue to provide reliable and much-appreciated innovative media capability to the Armed Forces in the future.”
As well as exhibiting the MiPlayer technology, BFBS will host a panel session at DSEI 2019 in the Global Theatre on Tuesday 10th at 14:30, discussing the importance of service personnel staying connected. This will include discussion on the current policies around media and mobile phone access during deployments and how they can best reflect the increasing importance among younger generations of staying connected. The panel will provide an overview of technological capabilities currently available to provide connectivity to those on deployment, and offer suggestions on areas which could be enhanced in the future.
03 Sep 19. 4GD to demonstrate state-of-the-art, immersive, combat simulation systems in virtual reality. Pioneering UK tech start-up is joining forces with industry partner Brigantes to showcase a portfolio of equipment and immersive training capabilities
The new levels of complexity on the battlefield mean that soldiers must be more adaptable, mentally agile, discerning and better trained than ever before. 4GD was established to meet this challenge. Founded in 2016 by a team of ex-Royal[TPGO1] Marines, 4GD has identified key gaps in current training capabilities and developed immersive training and simulation systems to best equip soldiers in Dismounted Close Combat.
The company’s Smart Close Combat Facilities are already in use by elite forces on both sides of the Atlantic. These facilities, both deployable and non-deployable, deliver a high-tech, immersive and adaptable combat simulation solution; either at home or with a partnered force. An aggregation of four core products, each element has been specifically selected and fine-tuned to deliver the ultimate user experience.
- SimWallTM. At the core of 4GD’s facilities is SimWall a rapidly reconfigurable, non-ballistic modular panel system. Easily repurposed for a specific mission or training objective, these meet the demands of mental agility by providing an ever-changing training solution. No longer will operators learn to fight a facility, SimWall will train them to adapt to and overcome uncertainty.
- 4GAVTM. Using a combination of smoke, light, sound and smell the user is immersed in a high-fidelity combat simulation. This interactive special effects system, controlled by 4GD’s intuitive user interface, delivers either sensor activated & reactive, or, instructor-initiated effects. It greatly increases realism and pressure to enhance a soldier’s ability to quell cognitive overload.
- Smart Targetry. 4GD’s smart targetry, wirelessly linked to 4GAV can automatically react to a user’s actions in support of several potential scenarios. It offers unprecedented feedback and facilitates demanding judgemental training.
- Video Feedback Systems. Linked to 4GAV, 4GD’s state-of-the-art video feedback system facilitates real-time monitoring and detailed after action review. Viewed and controlled through our intuitive dual tablet display, it removes instructor burden and allows units to train collectively.
These systems comprise a realistic, reconfigurable, smart facility, providing after-action review. They can also be tailored to meet specific customer requirements.
Drawing on its founders’ military roots and subsequent immersion in the tech sector, 4GD combines military pragmatism and digital, user-centric, technology. 4GD’s Business Development Manager James Crowley said: “We recognise that introducing new high-tech systems has become the first solution to most military problems. While taking advantage of the latest technological developments is vital for a superior fighting force, the user must be appropriately prepared and equipped to do so. 4GD is empowering and enhancing the most complex system ever devised: the individual modern soldier.”
At[AW2] DSEI, 4GD is displaying its capabilities at an innovative Virtual Reality Bar that will demonstrate a virtual training space of 98,000 sq ft (or five times larger than the biggest physical stand at DSEI).
View 4GD’s latest smart facilities: https://youtu.be/uafUurdfQP0
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