July 29, 2013

Intelligent Decisions Partners with Unreal Government Network

By Unreal Engine

July 29, 2013 (Ashburn, VA) – Intelligent Decisions (ID), Inc., a premier global IT systems integrator, today announced that it has partnered with Applied Research Associates (ARA) and Epic Games, Inc. as a new member in the Unreal Government Network (UGN).

Intelligent Decisions has licensed Epic Games’ award-winning Unreal Engine 3 (UE3) from ARA to produce state of the art 3D training technology and simulation content in support of a contract with the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM). The contract focuses on improving the fidelity of autonomous avatars’ behavior within the Dismounted Soldier Training System (DSTS) simulation with an aim to create a realistic training environment.

“Unreal Engine 3 will give ID’s training scenario composers the ability to integrate an incoming fire haptic feedback system, full skeletal controls, and to customize terrain, weather, enemy forces, and other treacherous aspects of real life combat missions,” said Clarence Pape, Vice President of Simulation and Training at Intelligent Decisions. “We selected the Unreal Government Network because it gives us access to a professional-grade ecosystem of resources that include full Unreal Engine source code access, technical support, training, and pre-existing simulation tools. These capabilities will enable us to provide a new level of content fidelity and production efficiency for our customers.”

ID is a pioneer in the application of instrumented wearable device technology in the mission training and rehearsal world. They have developed DSTS as a fully immersive virtual simulation training and rehearsal system for U.S. soldiers. This cutting-edge system enables soldiers, leaders and units to train in a virtual training environment and is used by the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation to increase the quality of instruction and combat preparedness. In 2012, DSTS was awarded the U.S. Army’s Modeling and Simulation Award for Training.

Jerry Heneghan, Licensing Manager for the UGN added, “We are extremely proud to welcome the Intelligent Decisions team into the Unreal Government Network. ID consistently leads the simulation industry with its end-to-end customized virtual training programs and the adaptation of wearable device integration for training and mission rehearsal.”

For more information on the current Dismounted Soldier Training System, please visit: http://www.intelligent.net/practice-areas/simulation-training?q=simulation-training/case-studies/soldier-training-system

About Unreal Engine

Developed by Epic Games, the award-winning Unreal Engine is known for its cutting-edge graphics, best-of-breed toolset, and scalability across major platforms. Operating on 10 platforms, including PC, consoles and mobile devices, Unreal Engine 3 is designed to accelerate developers’ productivity for creating high quality games, applications, training simulations, 3D visualizations, digital films and animated entertainment. Powering hundreds of games and integrated with two-dozen leading middleware technologies, Unreal Engine 3 holds more than 20 technology awards, including seven Game Developer Front Line Awards and five Develop Industry Excellence Awards. The Unreal Engine also holds a seat in the Front Line Awards Hall of Fame. Epic recently revealed Unreal Engine 4, winner of multiple Best of E3 2012 awards, which offers unprecedented workflow improvements and graphical capabilities that provide unparalleled accessibility for developers building the next generation of games and applications. For additional information, please visit http://www.unrealengine.com.

About Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA)

Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) is an international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically excellent solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. Our mission is to provide in-depth and diversified research, engineering, and technical support services. We have a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil engineering, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and blast testing and measurement. We also provide sophisticated technical products for environmental site characterization, pavement evaluation, and specialized robotic vehicles. For additional information, please visit http://www.ara.com/.

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