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VT MAK Showcases New Product Capabilities in Interactive Solution-Oriented Demonstrations

Correlated Terrain Agility, Streaming Terrain for Modeling & Simulation, Next Generation Computer Generated Forces Environment, HLA Evolved Support, and Partner Products Will All Be On View in MAK I/ITSEC Booth

Orlando, Fla., I/ITSEC, November 29, 2010 ― VT MAK (MAK), a company of VT Systems Inc. (VT Systems), today announced the company will highlight new product capabilities in interactive, solution-oriented demonstrations at their I/ITSEC 2010 Booth (#1215). These demonstrations illustrate typical ways in which MAK and partner products are used to help customers deliver simulation solutions.

  1. Battle Lab ― In this mockup of a Battle Lab, MAK demonstrates how customers might deploy the company’s technology for experimenting with UAV tactics and user interfaces. Using a joystick, guests can get a first hand experience in controlling a sensor on a simulated UAV as it flies through a threat environment.
  2. Security Trainer ― A hypothetical training system designed to teach security operators to maintain surveillance of suspects. Guests can interactively control the display of simulated security cameras on a tiled video wall . from a custom-built DIS-compliant iPad Application.
  3. Situation Room ― A place to demonstrate, analyze & control. Visitors can sit down in this simple mockup of a debriefing room to review how a command staff trainee responded to calls for reinforcements, medical evacuation, and close air support.

The demonstrations use the full suite of MAK products along with several partner offerings including:

  • VR-Forces CGF Environment for Threat Generation, Flight Dynamics, Mission Planning, Scenario Execution, and Simulated Pedestrian Traffic
  • VR-Vantage IG for Out-the-Window Visuals, Simulated Cameras, and Sensor Displays
  • VR-Vantage XR for 2D/3D Scenario Visualization and Situational Awareness
  • B-HAVE Module for VR-Forces for AI Path Planning and Navigation
  • VR-Link and MAK RTI for Networking and Interoperability, including VR-Link running on iPad
  • MAK Data Logger for After Action Review, Scenario Recording, Playback, and Annotation
  • VR-TheWorld Server for Web-Services Based Streaming Terrain
  • HLA Traffic Analyzer for Simulation Data Analysis
  • SensorFX from JRM Technologies for Physics-based Sensor Image Generation
  • GL Studio from DiSTI for Cockpit Display and Human Machine Interface
  • Qualnet/Exata from Scalable Network Technologies for Communications Modeling
  • AGI SMART from AGI for Sensor Detection and GPS Modeling and Visualization
  • Christie MicroTiles for Video Wall Display

These demonstrations will highlight some of the innovative new capabilities in MAK products:

Correlated Terrain Agility is the ability for a suite of interoperable products to support multiple terrain formats and approaches while retaining correlation and consistency. MAK’s new VR-Forces 4.0 and VR-Vantage 1.2 products can now load:

  1. Classical static terrain databases in formats such as OpenFlight
  2. Pageable terrains in formats like MetaFlight
  3. Direct-from-source data such as DTED, Shapefiles, GeoTIFF, and CADRG
  4. Streaming elevation and imagery from servers such as VR-TheWorld Server

And MAK’s GEMS (Geo-Enabled Modeling and Simulation) R&D project adds the ability to make terrain queries directly to a Geospatial Information System, such as ArcGIS.

Streaming Terrain is a way for modeling and simulation applications to obtain terrain data on- the-fly, over a network, from a single consistent source. MAK’s newest product, VR-TheWorld Server is an open-standards-based Streaming Terrain Server built specifically for the needs of modeling and simulation users. Visitors will see MAK’s VR-Vantage and VR-Forces applications, as well as third party tools like Google Earth client and Open-Layers-based web apps all streaming in correlated data from VR-TheWorld Server. VR-TheWorld Server was developed in conjunction with our technology partner, Pelican Mapping.

Next Generation CGF Solution - VR-Forces 4.0 includes a powerful new terrain infrastructure which allows simulation models to make line-of-sight, height-above-terrain, and other queries without regard to how the terrain was loaded. Based on the new terrain architecture, VR-Forces now supports dynamic paging of large-area terrain databases, run-time placement of terrain .props., and streaming terrain on demand from external servers.

VR-Forces 4.0 also features a new unified 2D / 3D GUI based on MAK’s VR-Vantage visualization engine. In the new GUI, users can switch between 2D and 3D scenario navigation and editing, or even use both modes in different windows at the same time. The new VR-Forces GUI also includes the XR (eXaggerated Reality) capability - the ability to mix 2D entity icons with 3D terrain for 3D editing of even large scale scenarios.

HLA Evolved is the latest version of the IEEE 1516 HLA Standard . ratified mid-2010. HLA Evolved offers a number of improvements, including incorporation of the SISO Dynamic Link Compatible API, Modular Federation Object Models (FOMs), and improvements to reliability and connectivity. MAK’s core interoperability tools, VR-Link and the MAK RTI, now fully support the new HLA Evolved standard.

20th Birthday Celebration


Tuesday, November 30th at 4:30 pm MAK will host a celebration of MAK’s 20th anniversary. We’ll be offering our guests cake and bubbly to celebrate. And the celebration doesn’t stop there.

While visitors to the booth can enter our raffle to win an iPad, there are special gifts for customers who purchase a MAK development license:

  1. When customers buy a development license for VR-Link, VR-Forces, or VR-Vantage, they will receive free StartUp training. (That is a full day of training online or on-site at MAK for VR-Link and VR-Vantage and two days of training for VR-Forces.)
  2. Additionally, VR-Vantage Toolkit customers will receive a 25% discount and an Apple iPad with MAK’s new VR-Vantage controller application. This new app controls your VR-Vantage view from an Apple mobile device, as demonstrated at the security training station.


VT MAK helps customers deliver simulation systems. Leveraging a strong foundation of COTS software products and custom developed system components, MAK works with customers to build and populate compelling 3D simulated environments in which users train, plan, analyze, experiment, prototype, and demonstrate. MAK’s primary users are in the aerospace and defense industry, yet the company.s products and services can be used anywhere modeling and simulation is needed. Thousands of customers worldwide use MAK products, including the world.s ten largest defense contractors. VT MAK is a company of VT Systems. Please visit

VT Systems is a diversified company providing integrated engineering solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems. innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit

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