Army convoy simulators use InterSense trackers

Designers at Raydon Corp. in Daytona Beach, Fla., needed sensors for their Virtual Convoy Operations Trainer (VCOT), deployed at over 20 U.S. Army and National Guard Bases.

They found a solution with InertiaCube2 from InterSense, Inc., in Bedford, Mass. Raydon uses the sensors to track troops’ heads and weapons as they train in the simulated environment.

VCOT presents geo-specific imagery to the vehicle driver, commander, gunner, and observer/riflemen through a head-tracked, head-mounted display (HMD). The InterSense InertiaCube2 head tracker allows the soldiers to see the simulated environment with a full 360-degree field of view.

The simulated environment is made up of a database of recognizable Middle Eastern structures and terrain, providing the background for risk assessment and proper response techniques. Raydon’s VCOT system engages soldiers with snipers, rocket propelled grenades (RPGs), and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), as well as suicide bombers, civilian activity, traffic, and pedestrians.

VCOT deployments this year include Fort Bliss, Fort Bragg, Fort Hood, Fort Riley, Fort Drum, Fort Stewart, Gowen Field, Camp Robinson, Camp Ripley, Fort Knox, Fort Dix, Fort Lee and the McCrady Training Center.

“InterSense’s advanced, inertial head tracking system allows us to meet our customer’s training objectives,” says Mike Riley, Raydon’s vice president of training and logistics. “The 360-degree vision provided to the soldiers in training offers a degree of realism not available in other convoy training simulators. The training realism will ultimately result in saving the lives of our troops overseas.”

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