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BAE Systems Engineering team developing virtual landscape

Posted on - 15th May, 2015 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Locations, News, People, Transport
The Portable Command Centre concept uses commercial technology to create a semi-virtual environment that can   tackle emergency scenarios.

The Portable Command Centre concept uses commercial technology to create a semi-virtual environment that can tackle emergency scenarios.

An engineering team based at BAE Systems in Warton, Lancashire are working to develop applications that can improve decision making.

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This means emergency responses and operations could be revolutionised.

The technological device behind the application is said to be no larger than a contact lens, and the team in collaboration with the University of Birmingham have said that this will allow operators to take real-time control over their environment.

Part of the developments include a briefcase size command centre allowing operators to handle emergency situations more effectively by creating ‘virtual’ information which will ultimately reduce the cost of cockpit upgrades.

The concept is being described as a “mixed reality” and is implemented by Oculus Rift. This virtual landscape is being used for training as well as directing military operations.

The technology is not looking to end here though with the company expecting to replace headsets with this concept attached with a device as small as a pair of glasses within the decade.

Futurist at BAE Systems, Nick Colosimo, said, “We’re already seeing virtual and augmented of reality becoming more commonplace in consumer products, and the possibilities it offers the armed forces are hugely exciting. Our unique approach will identify the optimal balance between the real world and the virtual – enhancing the user’s situational awareness to provide battle-winning and life-saving tools and insights wherever they may be.

“Through collaborating with the University of Birmingham, we are able to bring together some of the best minds available in this subject area to develop these concepts and evolve the technology itself.”

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