Kongsberg Gallium Wins BCIP Contract to Explore Augmented Reality on the Battlefield
Ottawa, CA: Kongsberg Geospatial, an Ottawa-based developer of real-time, mission critical, geospatial visualisation software, has been awarded a contract funded by the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP), to deploy and evaluate a breakthrough Augmented Reality technology with the Canadian Armed Forces.
This project will provide opportunities to test Augmented Reality and Computer Vision for real-world battlefield applications
Kongsberg Gallium has an extensive project portfolio supporting a range of high-profile programs including the AEGIS Combat Management System and the U.S. Navy's Triton UAS Ground Control Station and has deployed its core visualisation software in over 130 000 vehicles as part of the U.S. Army Joint Battle Command-Platform (JBC-P). The company is now broaching a new frontier with its work in Augmented Reality.
Augmented Reality – which is the process of overlaying computer-generated imagery on top of a user’s view of the real world – has been a staple of science fiction movies and video games for years; getting it to work effectively in the real world is more difficult, since tiny variations between the computer model of the world and the real world can cause augmented objects to be misaligned. In a military context, the accurate geo-referencing of objects within the user’s field of view introduces significant technical challenges that must be overcome if Augmented Reality is to deliver any real tactical advantage to the user.
Kongsberg Gallium has developed an extremely high-fidelity model of the globe and new intellectual property relating to the “projection” of virtual objects into a 3D environment that the Company believes has the potential to finally make Augmented Reality a practical option for use in real-world battlefield applications. The Kongsberg Gallium solution delivers an augmented operational picture that can include track, contact and target information, waypoints, hazards, threats, objects of importance and enhanced spatial awareness when visibility is degraded by weather, smoke, or other contributory factors.
Kongsberg Gallium will be working with the Director General Land Equipment Program Management (DGLEPM)/Director Land Command Systems Program Management (DLCSPM) to evaluate the technology over the next several months. The DLCSPM will be investigating what this technology can do for them and how it can most effectively be applied in an operational context by the Canadian Armed Forces.
Editor's Note: Kongsberg Gallium was renamed Kongsberg Geospatial in February of 2016, but maintains the same ownership and corporate structure. Kongsberg Geospatial is a wholy-owned subsidiary of Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace.
About the Build in Canada Innovation Program: Created to bolster innovation in Canada’s business sector, the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) helps companies bridge the pre-commercialization gap by procuring and testing late stage innovative goods and services within the federal government before taking them to market. The BCIP is administered by Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), and implemented by the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME). (www.buyandsell.gc.ca/innovation)