Northrop Grumman Team Places First in Federal Virtual Challenge
HERNDON, Va., April 26, 2013
HERNDON, Va., April 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A Northrop Grumman Corporation
(NYSE: NOC) team took first place in the navigation category of the 2013
Federal Virtual Challenge. The annual challenge is led by the U.S. Army
Research Laboratory's Simulation and Training Technology Center.
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The team won the challenge with its Kinect integration navigation sensor used
in the company's Virtual Immersive Portable Environment (VIPE) Holodeck™
immersive trainer. The Kinect integration gives users the ability to walk,
run, stop, jump, move side to side and open doors intuitively when operating
in the immersive environment.
"Winning this challenge is a significant accomplishment for our team," said
Ryan Frost, program manager of virtual immersive training for Northrop Grumman
Technical Services. "Challenges like these spur innovative development teams,
such as the VIPE Holodeck™ team, to push technical boundaries. They're able to
do so and provide customers with realistic and affordable solutions."
VIPE Holodeck™ provides users with a high-fidelity immersive environment with
a variety of mission-centric applications including simulation and training,
mission rehearsal and data visualization. It can support a variety of live,
virtual and constructive simulation and training exercises including
non-kinetic and kinetic team training, cultural and language training, and
support for ground, air and remote platform training. Northrop Grumman
designed the trainer using commercial off-the-shelf technologies with the goal
of maximizing training time while reducing overall training costs.
"This challenge win further solidifies Northrop Grumman as a leader in the
development of innovative virtual technology," said Greg Schmidt, vice
president and general manager, Northrop Grumman Technical Services Training
Solutions division. "Our expertise in core competencies such as instructional
system design and learning technologies enables us to work with programmers,
animators and game developers to produce an immersive trainer that provides
users affordable, effective training."
The Federal Virtual Challenge is an open, global challenge for the best
implementations as demonstrated in or with the virtual environment. The
challenge has two categories: critical thinking/adaptability and navigation.
The winners were announced last week at the Defense GameTech Users' Conference
in Orlando, Fla.
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative
systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cybersecurity, C4ISR, and
logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.
Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.
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