Friday, May 15, 2009

Forterra Accelerates Serious Games Distribution

Serious Games for collaborative training


Via: Forterra Systems

PRESS RELEASE

SAN MATEO, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — Ambient Performance, the European distributor and service provider for Forterra Systems, has today announced that The Finmeccanica Company, SELEX Systems Integration will expanded its use of Forterra’s On-Line Interactive Virtual Environment (OLIVE™) virtual world platform to provide innovative training solutions for a broad range of customers.

SELEX Systems Integration is a Prime Contracting and Systems Integration business that now incorporates the long-established training capability of VEGA, VEGA Deutschland and VEGA France. The company plans to explore the many potential applications of emerging distributed virtual world technologies to help transform training for armed forces being rapidly deployed across multiple theatres of operation.

“We are working with Ambient Performance and the Forterra Systems OLIVE virtual world platform to support the increased requirement for collaborative training across distributed locations.” said Ian Govier, SELEX Systems Integration’s Head of Future Solutions.

“OLIVE provides us with a secure and reliable tool that enables us to rapidly prototype new training solutions that can be provided to distributed users.

“We’re working to develop Experiential Learning Solutions by integrating existing simulations with which the users can interact with each other in an immersive environment. We’re also reusing our own models and terrain to rapidly update a specific training environment to represent the contemporary operating environment. We’re also using the OLIVE platform as a collaboration environment to work across SELEX sites, providing secure virtual meetings across our secure network.”

“SELEX Systems Integration aims to leverage the most effective and innovative technologies available to ensure our training solutions deliver the specific training requirements for our clients. Our work with Ambient, Forterra and the OLIVE virtual world platform shows our continued dedication to this commitment.”

Ron Edwards, Ambient Performance CEO commented, "We're excited to support SELEX System Integration's further progress with OLIVE to integrate their existing valuable simulation technologies, models, terrain and experimentation into the OLIVE platform to best meet their client needs. They're a great team to work with given their highly capable personnel — they're the fastest we've seen in terms of developing fully-operational solutions with OLIVE."

About SELEX Systems Integration

SELEX Systems Integration is a Prime Contracting and Systems Integration business that now incorporates the long-established training capability of VEGA, VEGA Deutschland and VEGA France.

Operating as SELEX Systems Integration outside of Germany and France, our dedicated Training Solutions team represents nearly two decades’ experience defining, developing, and managing through-life military training solutions to improve organizational performance.

SELEX Systems Integration brings together best-of-breed capability offered by independent commercial partners with the latest technological developments from across the Finmeccanica group, enabling clients to transform their training and achieve their operational objectives.

About Forterra Systems

Forterra Systems is a leader in providing enterprise grade virtual world technology for the corporate, healthcare, government, education, and entertainment industries. Forterra's software and services enable organizations to collaborate, train, rehearse, and hold events using existing media technologies integrated into a compelling 3D virtual world. Using the OLIVE platform and industry standard PC hardware, customers can rapidly generate realistic, collaborative, 3D Internet solutions that scale from small team applications to large scale simulated environments supporting many thousands of concurrent users for public and private use cases.

About Ambient Performance

Ambient Performance specializes in enterprise virtual world applications with deep experience implementing and supporting emerging online training and collaboration tools. Ambient is the European distributor and service provider for Forterra Systems OLIVE virtual world platform with clients in the Government, Corporate and Higher Education sectors.