Charles River Analytics Inc., developer of intelligent systems solutions, has received funding from the US Army to build its Virtual Environment Collaboration Tools for Operational Readiness (VECTOR) augmented and virtual reality (XR) system.

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VECTOR uses synchronized virtual collaboration environments to allow distributed and dispersed Mission Command personnel to collaboratively plan, rehearse and execute missions. VECTOR solves several problems faced by the US Army; Mission Command tasks are increasingly more difficult as global threats become more distributed, agile, and technologically advanced. Traditional and stationary command posts often suffer from degraded connectivity that limits communication and collaboration with distributed Mission Command personnel.

“VECTOR enables Commanders and other stakeholders to rapidly establish a virtual collaboration environment that promotes shared situational awareness and dispersed Mission Command execution, even under denied, degraded, intermittent, or limited network conditions,” said Arthur Wollocko, Senior Software Engineer at Charles River Analytics and Principal Investigator on the VECTOR effort.

Commanders and soldiers can join VECTOR’s virtual environments through XR, mobile, and desktop applications. Once connected to a session, personnel can access a suite of collaboration tools that center on a 3D geospatial battlefield common operating picture.

The VECTOR system advances the understanding of virtual collaboration and data visualization in mixed reality. VECTOR augments Commanders’ situational understanding, allowing them to support Mission Command across networks and co-locations.

This material is based upon work supported by the Army Futures Command (AFC), US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC), Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C5ISR), Command, Power and Integration (CP&I).