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 The organisers of ITEC, Europe’s premier conference and exhibition for military training, education and simulation technology, are pleased to announce DisTec; a brand new show-floor experience, exploring solutions shaping the future of training and simulation.

Located on the ITEC exhibition floor, the DisTec area will invite the industry's brightest innovators and thought-leaders to present on four key areas:

  • Wearable Technology
  • Augmented Reality and Simulation
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Enhancing Human Performance

With the rapid speed at which technology is developing, military and civil protection training communities are striving to provide a more realistic and effective training environment.

An increasing number of game-changing solutions are coming from start-up companies and cross-sector technology transfer, providing fresh competition to the well-established primes in training and simulation. With smaller budgets to showcase their solutions, new market entrants rely on the cutting-edge tech to speak for itself.

Thanks to the further development of simulated or synthetic training capabilities, the last decade has brought about significant changes in the way personnel are trained. Barriers to the effectiveness, use and integration of these technologies still exist, and while the military training establishment have been restricted to a degree in their speed to leverage available technologies, the landscape is now changing.

ITEC Event Director, Tracy Bebbington said: "With so many SMEs attending ITEC this year, including a record number of first-time exhibitors, we are delighted to be able to provide a platform from which they can display their most pioneering developments. DisTec will allow start-ups and other ambitious organisations to showcase their novel technology in front of global, state-level procurement officials who are openly investing in new and disruptive training systems in the civilian and military sectors. This is one of a number of new features at ITEC 2019, ensuring the event’s 30th anniversary edition will be one to remember".

Defence Innovation Directorate, Ministry of Defence commented: “The Ministry of Defence has embarked on an ambitious and bold innovation initiative, aimed at transforming the way we think, operate, and use technologies to give us an edge over our adversaries. Being aware of and able to pull through the latest disruptive technologies, and innovative products, services, and processes will help us deliver innovative solutions to Defence’s challenges and prepare for potential threats. Our attendance at ITEC will provide us with a greater understanding of the challenges facing industry and the direction technology may be taking in the future.”

DisTec is free to attend for ITEC exhibition visitors.

With a mixture of curated content and commercial presentation slots, DisTec provides an ideal platform for innovators to show practical and relevant applications for their technology. The organisers are excited to announce a number of headline participants taking part in the inaugural DisTec, including the keynote speaker from the UK MOD Defence Innovation.

ITEC 2019 takes place at Stockholmsmässan, Sweden from 14-16 May.