Street Smarts VR (SSVR) won a contract award with the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Air Combat Command (ACC) in the amount of approximately $1.5 million to standardize and modernize training using VR-based performance measurement.
Under the AFWERX Air Force Small Business Innovative Research contract, SSVR will adapt its VR platform to support the goals of the ACC Security Forces, which is pursuing a modernized, competency based, data-driven approach to training. SSVR provides realistic training – combining an immersive, full-body VR experience in a 540° field of view environment, allowing freedom of movement and use of highly realistic replica weapons. The use of Virtual Reality (VR)-based training is expected to help ensure Security Forces improve proficiency and achieve readiness by increasing the realism and exposure to a wide variety of use of force scenarios that require complex decision-making.
SSVR will integrate a data analytics framework that will collect, visualize, and track data focused on U.S. Air Force training metrics, allowing Security Force instructors to better understand individual and unit performance. Over time, the increasing volume of this data may allow unit-level and upper echelon commanders to better understand the readiness of their personnel and compare the effectiveness of various training methods.
SSVR software allows trainers to focus on the trainee by reducing the task load of managing scenarios that feature multiple branched outcomes. Through a live dashboard, trainers get real-time insights to intervene, instruct on demand, and play back after-action reviews.
The contract will be performed at Air Combat Command headquarters, located at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. Deployment locations of the training system are yet to be disclosed.