4GD and D3A Defence have joined forces to extend the combined arms training capability of 4GD’s SmartFacility urban training environment, the companies announced on 23 February.
The collaboration will initially focus on linking D3A's combined arms training capabilities with 4GD’s ACIES. Newly launched in January 2021, ACIES is the synthetic element of the SmartFacility - an integrated/blended reality system that introduces the synthetic world to the physical SmartFacility environment.
D3A specialise in development and delivery of live, virtual and constructive training methodologies to support efficient exploitation of capacity to the end user. By integrating D3A’s training capabilities with ACIES, users of the SmartFacility will be able to train for combined arms operations using representative operational hardware interfaces to interact with virtual assets, with actions taken in the virtual world having an effect in the real world, and vice versa.
“D3A is a great match for us, both as another veteran-run company and with our respective capabilities complementing each other well. We are already seeing positive responses to early proof of concept work carried out to date,” commented James Crowley, Business Development Director, 4GD. “We expect to have a real impact on this market segment together, and we have many exciting ideas about how we can expand our combined arms offering in the future.”
“We believe that the biggest beneficiary will be the furthest forward man or woman on the battlefield and we know that this feeling is echoed by 4GD,” added Craig Haslam, CEO D3A Defence.
The 4GD SmartFacility is comprised of five levels and combines Integrated Reality, data collection, reactive smart targetry, the 4GAV special effects suite and the reconfigurable SimWall; all wirelessly connected to deliver the highest quality training with the maximum flexibility.