MASA Group, leading provider of artificial intelligence simulation solutions to over 15 countries worldwide, will showcase its flagship product MASA SWORD for the first time at MilSim Asia this week.
MASA Group, renowned worldwide for its innovative artificial intelligence-based simulation systems for training, analysis and decision support, will be exhibiting its automated wargame, MASA SWORD, at the inaugural MilSim Asia conference on 19 – 20 January 2016 in Singapore at Marina Bay Sands.
MilSim Asia is a gateway for companies to enter into the region’s rapidly developing defense markets, where training is a crucial aspect for growing armies. In recent years, MASA has focused on increasing its footprint in this key high-growth region; SWORD is already in use by the Bangladesh Army Training and Doctrine Command (ARTDOC) and the Singapore Defence Science and Technology Agency, as well as the New Zealand Army.
The NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE) located in Sofia, Bulgaria recently licensed MASA SWORD for training military and civilian users of the center in emergency preparedness, collaboration in operations and civil-military cooperation.
SWORD is a wargame with automated forces designed for training, planning, and decision support. It uses advanced artificial intelligence to enable realistic simulations of military and civil units reacting to a wide variety of scenarios. Their automated actions follow doctrine and procedures previously validated by subject matter experts. This unique capability allows for large-scale exercises to be conducted realistically while minimizing costs and animation effort.
This week, we are proud to announce a brand new version of SWORD, the v6.4.
The biggest new feature concerns the dynamic communication model: from now on, there is a new optional communication model available that can be activated in the exercise properties in preparation.
When activated, communication leaders (either automata or knowledge subgroups) must be defined for each knowledge group and transmitters can now be defined in adaptation. These transmitters can be added to the equipment of units and have a maximum range that can be affected by the weather, terrain and urban areas.
During the play phase, transmission range checks will be made, between automata HQs and the HQs of the leaders of their knowledge groups and between the HQs of communication leaders.
Should a range check fail, then the knowledge sharing would be interrupted in this direction.
3 December 2015, Orlando, Florida: Commandant Thierry Cadot has given exclusive insight into the use of simulation tools for training and analysis by the French Armed Forces at the international military training event, I/ITSEC in Orlando. Following twelve years of successful collaboration, the French Armed Forces have recently acquired a global license to expand its use of MASA’s flagship simulation software, SWORD.
At a joint briefing with the Paris-based training and simulation experts of MASA Group, Comm. Cadot described how SWORD is deployed at the Command Post Training Center with the objective of training division, brigade and battalion levels and is always used to train two levels at the same time. « In the French Armed Forces it is important to use simulation with a C2 (command and control) system… SWORD is at the core of this architecture« .
MASA presents the third issue of its semestrial newsletter: INTELLIGENCE
In this edition, you will learn more on the SOULT program deployed in the French Army thanks to an interview with its Program Manager, discover the latest capabilities and features of SWORD v6.3 and the new UN group ARISE will be presented.
MASA Newsletter – Winter 2015
MASA Group’s attendance at this year’s International, Inter-service Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando, Florida, from 30 November – 3 December 2015, is noticeable by a series of contract successes over the past 12 months and the release of the latest version of its world-beating SWORD wargame with automated forces.
Paris, France: First deployed in 2006, MASA’s SWORD is now in service in 16 countries across the globe either directly by the armed forces or through defense industry partners and government emergency response bodies. Along with MASA SYNERGY, a high-level decision system dedicated to emergency preparedness and crisis management training and planning, and LIFE, an Artificial Intelligence-based middleware designed to enable the creation of autonomous behaviors for simulations, MASA’s flagship products will be demonstrated at booth #2224 during the I/ITSEC show.
MASA Group’s simulation training product, SYNERGY, will lead the way to improved resilience in cities against emergencies and disasters, as they sign up to a brand new UN initiative to tackle the issue.
MASA Group has participated in the first Annual General Meeting of the United Nations Alliance for RIsk SEnsitive investment (ARISE). ARISE is a private sector alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies and was launched on November 6th, 2015 by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) with the aim of raising resilience in the face of both natural and man-made hazards. So far 100 companies across Europe, Africa, the Americas and Australasia have signed up to help reduce the business world’s impact on the earth (including corporations across a variety of industries such as the UK pharmaceutical GlaxoSmithKline, Japanese IT conglomerate NEC, American technology and consulting corporation IBM, multi-national insurance group AXA and international professional services Deloitte).
A founding member of ARISE, MASA’s involvement with the new alliance is centered on the use of its artificial-intelligence capabilities to simulate risks and emergency plans. SYNERGY is an artificial intelligence (AI)-based software developed by MASA that can reduce the impact of disasters by both validating disaster plans and training staff to improve their level of preparedness in the face of an emergency. SYNERGY can also test out multiple response strategies during an actual disaster and calculate the outcome of these response strategies in real time. The appointed crisis team can then select the most effective solution.