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Urban Warfighters Train With RTLS
Lockheed Martin's Urban Operations Training System now includes technology from Q-Track to help pinpoint trainees' locations as they simulate urban warfare, thereby enhancing data used to evaluate their performance.
Jan 15, 2014—
Lockheed Martin is adding real-time location system (RTLS) functionality to its Urban Operations Training System (UOTS) that allows military agencies training their warfighters to know each individual's exact location, and thus have accurate information for reviewing a training event. One of Lockheed Martin's customers is installing the RTLS-enabled UOTS system—though neither the identity of that agency nor its location could be disclosed. Lockheed Martin is employing the Near-Field Electromagnetic Ranging (NFER) RTLS system developed by Q-Track, of Huntsville, Al. Q-Track is providing its battery-powered tags, as well as readers (which Q-Track refers to as locators or receivers) and software to interpret location data and integrate that information into Lockheed's UOTS software platform.
One important component of the training is evaluating each individual's performance. Traditionally, without automation technology, this is accomplished by having a training officer physically watch the exercise, but the many separate rooms and otherwise complex environment of these urban training programs can make that option unfeasible. Lockheed Martin's UOTS program consists of cameras that record footage of the training exercises, as well as Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement Systems (MILES), which identify when soldiers fire their laser-based weapons and when others are hit by those lasers. The UOTS solution provides instructors with live data indicating which weapons are fired, as well as which individuals are hit, while cameras supply video footage that they begin recording upon sensing the presence of fighters, via motion or optical sensors. The system can also include location data derived from GPS technology, though GPS does not provide very specific location data, nor does it operate indoors.
With the solution in place, a Q-Track soldier-tracking tag (model QT-640) is attached to the trainee's MILES vest, and enough locators are installed so that the system can determine a tag's location to an accuracy greater than 1 meter (3.3 feet). In that way, individuals can be located within a particular room, on a given floor, or in a specific location outdoors, between buildings.
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