Intelligence – Winter 2015

MASA presents the third issue of its semestrial newsletter: INTELLIGENCE

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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.

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MASA Attends I/ITSEC Following Strong Year for Sales and Product Development

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 joins new UN directive to focus on improving emergency and crisis planning

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.

Major flood training exercise in Paris

On September 29th and 30th, the HCFDC (the French High Committee for Civil Defense) organized a training exercise simulating a major flood in Paris using MASA SWORD. Over 15 organizations and companies participated, each in their own crisis unit, in order to test their emergency response to a once-in-a-century flood in Paris.

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Two weeks of almost unprecedented flooding were simulated over 22 hours. All participants were connected to a shared bulletin board that displayed their actions in response to the crisis in real time. They also benefited from a 3D-view of Paris, using a connection between SWORD and Google Earth

Flood exercise SWORD

Press trip in Brazil

Beginning of July, the Brazilian Army hosted a military simulation and training press trip to several Army training and evaluation centers throughout the country, visiting military facilities in Manaus, Rio de Janeiro, and Santa Maria do Sul, where the Brazilian Army has deployed COMBATER, a customized version of SWORD (MASA’s constructive training system).

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At the CAA-Sul (Training and Evaluation Centre), in Santa Maria

Four journalists from the UK (representing Jane’s, Shephard Media, Moench Publishing, PMI and Military Training & Simulation News) gave MASA their conclusions and insights about the trip, having had the opportunity of observing a major divisional exercise using COMBATER (SWORD customized version according to the Brazilian Army doctrine and equipment capabilities) in Santa Maria, and discussed future procurement plans for the system.

MASA at the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Held at Sendai (Japan), the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) gathers thousands of people from governments, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, scientific institutions and the private sector to discuss the resilience of nations and communities to disasters.

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Improved VBS characters control in LIFE v1.10.0

Masa-Life-Run-01MASA is releasing the 10th minor version of MASA LIFE with, once again, a focus on VBS integration.

Improved animation control

The main feature of this release is a vastly improved character controller for VBS units. Thanks to our close collaboration with the Bohemia Simulation team we have managed to get smoother character animation and better control of the speed of movement. In practice, this improved control allows:

  • soldiers to walk, run and sprint;
  • animation blending between speeds to be handled properly;
  • behaviors to specify which speed to use, the controller being able to automatically decrease the speed whenever needed (sharp turns, collision avoidance, …).

In upcoming releases we’ll further refine this control for improved handling of strafing. This 1.10 release is also the last preliminary release on our path to release a reusable military infantry behavior content library !