Air Force Certifies Use of the ARA Unreal Engine 3 Web Player
New web player can be installed on Air Force computers to deliver and display Unreal Engine 3 content in a Web browser
RALEIGH, NC – The United States Air Force (USAF) has certified the ARA Unreal Engine 3 (UE3) Web Player, a product of the Virtual Heroes Division of ARA (Applied Research Associates, Inc.), for use on USAF computers. This certification opens the way for Web-based Air Force training courses using advanced content created with Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 3.
The ARA UE3 Web Player allows content created in-engine to be delivered and displayed within a web browser. With this plug-in, realistic 3D real-time simulations and interactive modules are now a possibility as part of web-based Air Force training courses.
“Placing the ARA UE3 Web Player on the Air Force Evaluated/Approved Products List opens up a wide range of immersive training opportunities,” said Randy Brown, Virtual Heroes Division Manager. “Now Air Force organizations can deliver Unreal Engine-based, real-time training packages on the Air Force network through a simple browser connection,” Mr. Brown continued. “The exciting thing is that this content can be developed by anyone using Epic’s Unreal Development Kit (UDK) or UE3.”
The ARA UE3 Web Player serves as a foundation for deploying Air Force approved training material to its users. This includes the capability to stream content published with the free, publicly available UDK. The Unreal Engine is the widely recognized leader of 3D game engines due to its advanced graphics capabilities and powerful developer toolsets.
The Air Force has certified installation of the UE3 Web Player’s ActiveX plug-in for Internet Explorer. The Web Player also supports Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Opera.
ARA’s Virtual Heroes Division has won multiple awards for its simulations, serious games and 3D virtual worlds using Unreal Engine technology to provide interactive learning solutions for healthcare, federal systems and corporate training. In 2012, Virtual Heroes partnered with Epic Games to become the sole licensor of UE3 technology to departments, agencies and units of the U.S. and allied governments. Virtual Heroes provides support to government developers through the Unreal Government Network (UGN). More information about the UE3 Web Player and Virtual Heroes is available at http://www.virtualheroes.com.
About Applied Research Associates, Inc. & Virtual Heroes
Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) was founded 1979, in Albuquerque, N.M., to solve problems of national importance by providing science and engineering research, technical support services. The company’s applied research delivers scientific solutions for national defense, homeland security, aerospace, healthcare, transportation, and manufacturing. With 1,300 Employee Owners at locations in the U.S. and Canada, ARA offers a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil engineering, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, biomedical engineering, environmental technologies, and blast testing and measurement.
The Virtual Heroes Division of Applied Research Associates, Inc. creates collaborative interactive learning solutions for healthcare, federal systems, and corporate training markets. Advanced Learning Technologies (ALT) leverage simulation learning and digital games-based training paradigms to accelerate learning, increase user proficiency, and reduce training costs. Virtual Heroes is located in Raleigh, N.C., and in Orlando, Fla. in the Central Florida Research Park.
About Unreal Engine
Developed by Epic Games, the award-winning Unreal Engine is known for its cutting-edge graphics, best-of-breed tools and scalability across multiple platforms. Unreal Engine 3’s highly mature toolset and content pipeline consistently evolve along with its advanced mobile features, multi-core processor support, optimizations for numerous platforms and massive world support. Unreal Engine 3 is designed to accelerate developers’ productivity for computer and video games, mobile games and applications, training simulations, 3D visualizations, digital films and animated entertainment. Integrated with two dozen leading middleware technologies, Unreal Engine 3 holds more than 20 technology awards, including eight Game Developer Front Line Awards and five Develop Industry Excellence Awards. Additional information on Unreal Engine 3 can be obtained at http://www.unrealengine.com.
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