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Visualization Use Cases

Our VR-Vantage suite visualizes your simulations from multiple perspectives. We pride ourselves on the simplicity of our APIs and the support we provide to help you use them. In addition to providing easy-to-use APIs, MÄK understands that there may be cases where it is not a good use of your development resources to learn the APIs and do the work yourself.  MÄK stands ready to help you customize our software through our software customization service.

Creating a good user interface requires an understanding of the GUI API and GUI SDK. It also requires an understanding of principles of good UI design. We have both. If you need to extend or even replace the GUI for a MÄK application, we can help. Take a look at a few visualization use cases MÄK has helped create.

Visualization Use Cases

Take advantage of our ability to visualize your world. MÄK’s off-the-shelf visualization suite can help build your custom solutions.

Virtual Role Player Stations

Image Generators


Image Generators

What's at stake?

You need to provide realistic scenes of a virtual environment to role players in the simulation or the analysts in engineering simulations. To do this, you'll want an image generator (IG), which is the visual component of a training or analysis system.Simulations often require a visual representation of the synthetic environment. Whether this is a high performance Out-The-Window view for a full motion flight simulator, or a sensor channel for hardware-in-the-loop testing, an image generator is the visual component of the solution.

All simulations are different and vary greatly - that's also true with image generators. The IG component for an attack helicopter trainer will require drastically different technology then the visual system for a truck driver trainer.

MÄK can help.

The MÄK Image Generator uses best of breed technologies to custom tailor high quality visual scenes of the synthetic environment for your specific simulation needs. A MÄK IG system will have some or all of the following components:

  • Rendering Engine – The rendering engine renders 3D scenes with 1000s of vehicles and other simulation objects. Core technology: VR-Vantage.
  • Multichannel distributed views – The MÄK Image Generator can manage multiple monitors per computer and drive display engines on multiple computers. Core technology: VR-Vantage IG.
  • High Fidelity Sensor Visualization – The MÄK Image Generator can simulate night vision goggles, infra-red, and other spectrums. Core technology: JRM SensorFX.
  • Correlated Terrain – VT MÄK’s approach to terrain, terrain agility, ensures that you can use the terrain formats you need, when you need them. We can also help you develop custom terrains and integrate them with correlated terrain solutions to ensure interoperability with other exercise participants. Core technologies: VR-TheWorld Server, VR-inTerra.
  • Hardware – Rack mounted or stand-alone PCs built specifically for running the MÄK IG.
  • Open Standards Compliance –MÄK Image Generator supports the High Level Architecture (HLA) and Distributed Interactive Simulation (DIS) protocols. Core technology: VR-Link networking toolkit.

Situational Awareness Stations


Situational Awareness Stations  

What's at stake?

There are a wide variety of critical incidents that may affect your echelon, business, campus, or lab. Natural disasters, IED’s, terror alerts, transportation crashes, hazardous material spills, public health emergencies and infrastructure failures are just a few examples of events that may challenge a Command Team responsible for coordinating a response.

A Situational Awareness Station provides key information such as the location and state of all critical assets and threats, at multiple levels of resolution, in real time. By combining 2D tactical maps overlaid with operational symbols and tactical graphics as well as real time sensor and camera feeds, the Command Team can get a clear picture of the situation as it unfolds.

In a training or laboratory environment the Situational Awareness Station can be used by VIP’s in an Observation Center or by students during After Action Review sessions.

MÄK can help.

The MÄK Situational Awareness Station provides a Common Operating Picture for the command team to use to help make decisions. It can be connected into any Situational Awareness or Incident Management System.

A Situational Awareness Station will likely make use of the following MÄK capabilities:

  • Visualization – The situational awareness viewer includes a 2D tactical map display, a realistic 3D view, and an eXaggerated Reality (XR) 3D view. The 3D view provides an immersive experience. The 2D and XR views provide the big picture view and allow users to monitor overall activity. Core technology: VR-Vantage.
  • Protocol Translation – Battle Labs and response centers may use components from multiple vendors. If these components have not been built to use common distributed simulation standards, such as DIS or HLA, or if they use incompatible versions of these standards, a translation application is needed. Core technology: VR-Exchange.
  • Correlated Terrain – VT MÄK’s approach to terrain, terrain agility, ensures that you can use the terrain formats you need, when you need them. We can also help you develop custom terrains and can integrate them with correlated terrain solutions to ensure interoperability with other applciations. Core technologies: VR-TheWorld Server, VR-inTerra.
  • Sensor modeling – The visualization component can model visuals through different sensor spectrums, such as infrared and night vision. Core technology: JRM SensorFX.

Advanced Visualization

Advanced Visualization

MÄK can help.

MÄK is a leader in visualization research and development for synthetic environments. Not only do our products provide two and three dimensional views of the environment, but they also provide visualization of non-visual information. MÄK applications incorporate visualization techniques that help you examine and analyse your synthetic environment. These include infrared, thermal, and night vision views to sensor volumes, target/shooter pairings, and exaggerated reality views for command and control.

Our past visualization research and development has included simulated annealing techniques for icon de-cluttering, Bayesian approaches for visualizing uncertainty, and advanced display management techniques for command and control. MÄK has pioneered the use of GIS data directly by constructive simulations, for both visualization and terrain reasoning. We provide simulation products that use the cloud to bring vast amounts of terrain and imagery data to visualization and simulation applications, providing a new paradigm for terrain data that bypasses the traditional terrain database generation approach.

Future visualization research may focus on using procedural terrain for simulation, visualization of cyber warfare and network centric battlefield effects, and the use of GIS data directly for 3D visualization. Look to MÄK to help you with your advanced visualization requirements.