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Link Use Cases

MÄK offers our powerful Link software toolkits, VR-Link, VR-Exchange, and the MÄK RTI, to help you connect your simulations together. With native support for Distributed Interactive Simulation (DIS) and multiple versions of the High Level Architecture (HLA) and Federation Object Models (FOM), many customers need to do nothing more than run a MÄK application to connect to an exercise. However, we know that many customers need to interoperate with systems that do not use these protocols or use specialized versions of them. Our interoperability expertise can help you make the connections you need for successful simulations.

Take a look at a few Link use cases MÄK has helped create.

After Action Review (AAR) / Debrief Systems


After Action Review (AAR) / Debrief Systems

What's at stake?

After Action Review (AAR) systems provide feedback on mission and task performance during training exercises. An AAR is a critical part of the training process. It is a structured review, or debrief, for analyzing what happened during an exercise and why it happened. By comparing the actual events with the expected outcomes, leaders and soldiers can identify strengths and weaknesses and decide how to improve their performance.

As training exercises become larger, there is a greater need for automated tools to capture the actions of all training participants, evaluate performance against standard metrics, and provide the information necessary to support a structure debrief of the training event. These tools should be flexible enough to support chronological reviews of an entire exercise or tightly focused reviews highlighting a few key issues.  

MÄK can help.

MÄK can help instructors convert the huge amount of data collected during a training exercise into focused learning points. MÄK uses proven technologies to build a system to meet your training system requirements.  

  • Simulation Recording and Playback – All simulation data can be recorded and played back. This includes simulated entities and interactions, trainee communications, and other events injected into the simulation. The AAR facilitator can pause, slow-down, or speed-up the playback, and can jump to specific moments during the exercise via a simple, easy-to-use, DVR-like control panel. Core technology: MÄK Data Logger.
  • Annotation – The embedded annotation system enables instructors to bookmark key events during the action and then jump to those events during playback to review specific actions.
  • 2D map and 3D out-the-window visualization2D tactical map displays provide situational awareness. 3D views create immersive scenes of the simulated environment from the perspective of the trainee. An exaggerated reality mode combines the best of 2D & 3D techniques into a compelling visual analysis of the training exercise. Core technology: VR-Vantage.
  • Analytical Information – The AAR facilitator can track a specific trainee or groups of trainees and view the scene from various perspectives. Informational overlays including trajectory histories, unit status, attacker-target lines, and other tactical graphics further aid in understanding the training scenario as it plays out.
  • Data Mining - The recorded training events can be exported to standard database and spreadsheet applications, which can be used for data mining, in-depth analysis, and charting or graphing of specific datasets.
  • Open Standards Compliance – MÄK AAR System supports the High Level Architecture (HLA) and Distributed Interactive Simulation (DIS), Core technology: VR-Link networking toolkit.

FOM Development

FOM Development

MÄK can help.

One of the strengths of the HLA is the flexibility to create custom FOMs to meet the exact needs of a federation. If the RPR FOM or other available FOM does not meet your needs, we can help you develop a customized FOM for your project. We will analyze your objects and interactions. We can extend the RPR FOM or some other FOM to meet your needs. If you want your application to work with MÄK’s VR-Link-based applications, we can write FOM mappers for VR-Link. And we can add new classes, state repositories and so on to VR-Link to support FOM extensions or concepts that are supported out of the box.

HLA/DIS Integration

HLA/DIS Integration

MÄK can help.

VR-Exchange provides a solid foundation for HLA/DIS interoperation. If your simulation has additional requirements or needs custom VR-Exchange brokers, we can help you create them.

SIM-C4I Interoperability

SIM-C4I Interoperability

MÄK can help.

In order to train commanders in the use of C4I systems, you need to stimulate those systems. We can help you get the data from your CGF into your C4I system. For example our command staff trainer, Battle Command, can interact with C2PC systems using custom VR-Exchange brokers. If you are using a CJMTK-compliant system, we can help you get HLA data into your ESRI-based system using our GIS-to-SIM technology.

LVC Interoperability

LVC Interoperability

MÄK can help.

Complex LVC simulations may involve many live actors along with hundreds of federates across multiple sites, communicating across a WAN. Systems may be using some combination of TENA, HLA, or DIS, with custom FOMs and LROMs. We have helped customers optimize routing of simulation traffic and ensured that applications using different protocols could interoperate. We can do the same for you.

GIS Interoperability

GIS Interoperability

MÄK can help.

GIS systems contain all types of terrain data and terrain analysis tools. Most simulation applications can only use terrain data in formats such as OpenFlight or DTED. With its GIS-to-SIM and GEMS technology, MÄK has demonstrated how to get simulation data into GIS systems and how to use GIS terrain data directly in CGFs such as VR-Forces and OneSAF. Let us help you connect your simulation applications to the GIS world.

Interoperability Protocol Implementation

Interoperability Protocol Implementation

MÄK can help.

MÄK’s Link products - VR-Link, MÄK RTI, and VR-Exchange - provide the tools you need  to connect applications using TENA, DIS, and HLA. However in a world of custom FOMs and LROMs, they are just a starting point. We understand how these protocols work and how to make them work together.

Terrain Agility Integration

Terrain Agility Integration

MÄK can help.

Terrain Agility is that special characteristic of MÄK products that allow them to work with many different terrain approaches.  Our products share terrain technology so that we can achieve correlation between visual and simulation application.
We can help you integrate our innovative VR-inTerra technology into your simulation applications so they can join our correlated simulation environment.