Thursday, May 16, 2024

Vegvisir start-up develops mixed reality situational awareness system for armored vehicles

Estonian-Croatian start-up Vegvisir has developed a new mixed reality kit to enhance situational awareness of armored vehicles.

As noted by the start-up, the Mixed Reality Situational Awareness System will be launched this Autumn.

“Following successful field tests and a demo with the Croatian Ministry of Defence, Vegvisir has proven its capabilities on four platforms, setting the stage for a planned product launch in September,” Vegvisir said.

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Vegvisir’s kit is designed to enhance situational awareness on armored vehicles with the help of vehicle-mounted cameras, a fully immersive ultra-low latency headset and supplementary data overlay capability. The system is able to give the vehicle’s personnel a 360-degree overview of what is happening in the immediate surroundings of the vehicle, thus enabling the users to better orientate and make more effective decisions on the battlefield.

“The system has undergone rigorous testing on different armoured platforms including personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles. We are anxious to evaluate Vegvisir’s integration capability on other platforms and are in touch with several prestigious manufacturers to set up new tests for the coming months. With each demonstration, we have received overwhelmingly positive feedback as well as invaluable insight allowing our engineers to better adapt the solution to the end-users’ needs and requirements,” said Vegvisir’s CEO Ingvar Pärnamäe.

The most recent field test of the Vegvisir system was conducted in cooperation with the Croatian Ministry of Defense and the Croatian Army in May. The trial took place at the Petrinja military barracks with the support of the Guards Mechanized Brigade with Vegvisir integrated into Patria AMV 8×8 armored vehicle. The two-day demo involved driving on rough gravel roads in off-road conditions at speeds up to 60 km/h for approximately 12 hours, allowing the drivers and commanders to experience the Vegvisir Mixed Reality Situational Awareness System. Members of the mechanized units saw substantial potential for the commander, and tank unit members also expressed their interest in using the system in the future.

According to Pärnamäe, the demo day proved advantageous for both parties involved, as it provided an opportunity for Vegvisir to showcase their solution to potential users while also allowing the Croatian Defense Forces to verify the compatibility of their units with state-of-the-art technology in combat scenarios.

Earlier, Vegvisir carried out field tests with the Estonian Defense Forces, which involved the armored personnel carrier Patria XA-188 6×6, Patria XA-180 6×6 and the infantry fighting vehicle CV-9035.

“Vegvisir offers several new opportunities for vehicle personnel, providing a highly customizable solution allowing clients to choose the most relevant capabilities. This means that the exact types of cameras, sensors, overlays and integrations Vegvisir offers can be chosen based on the needs of the end-users and the platform used,” said Vegvisir’s CEO Ingvar Pärnamäe.

This versatile system caters to drivers, commanders, gunners, and dismounts operating obstructed field-of-view platforms, offering live connectivity through network-based communication. Its dedicated user interface designs for each platform position, coupled with mixed reality technology, allow for customizable experiences without limiting platform requirements or the integration of various digital interfaces (e.g. Battlefield Management Systems, CAN-BUS, vehicle information system, navigation, etc).

Examples of capabilities available include virtual overlays of friendly and enemy information on live video feeds, real-time position and heading information. By offering these features, Vegvisir not only enhances situational awareness but also reduces the threat to troops and increases the chances of mission success.

“Our solution has shown great potential and has naturally gained a lot of attention among the manufacturers of various platforms. We are certain the solution will receive a warm welcome when we launch Vegvisir this September,” Pärnamäe said.

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Colton Jones
Colton Jones
Colton Jones is the deputy editor of Defence Blog. He is a US-based journalist, writer and publisher who specializes in the defense industry in North America and Europe. He has written about emerging technology in military magazines and elsewhere. He is a former Air Force airmen and served at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

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