MASA Group to Integrate Pitch Talk in SWORD

Masa Group and Pitch Technologies, two specialists in COTS simulation products, join forces to launch an integrated solution for constructive training. It is based on their respective products, the MASA Group SWORD and Pitch Technologies´ Pitch Talk, Pitch Recorder and Pitch pRTI. This integrated solution, offers users, a constructive simulation, a communications simulation with voice and text, as well as a fully synchronized after action review capability.

MASA SWORD is a complete wargame solution with automated forces powered by Artificial Intelligence for high-level training and analysis. Developed in close relation with armies worldwide, SWORD is a cost-efficient constructive simulation focused on user needs. SWORD immerses brigade and division command post staff in large¬scale conflicts, stabilization operations, terrorist threats or natural disasters, providing a broader and more complete training solution that ultimately improves their decision¬-making capabilities.

Pitch Talk is a new communications framework to support distributed simulation. It covers a wide range of applications, from pilot and crew to theater-level command and control training. Pitch Talk enables high-fidelity simulation with unlimited channels of radio, intercom, audio and chat, making it easy to design, centrally manage and deploy exercises. Pitch Talk includes an effects server architecture for realistic radio and audio effects based on VBS3 terrain and other factors. Pitch Talk is built on Pitch’s superior infrastructure and based on decades of leading edge interoperability R&D. Pitch Talk provides a wide range of integration opportunities, including customizable radio panels, embeddable communications interfaces and both HLA and DIS interoperability.

MASA Group has 20 years of experience in decisional Artificial Intelligence and the application of AI behaviors and doctrines in training simulation solutions. With a worldwide customer base covering more than 17 countries MASA is the market reference when it comes to constructive simulation with AI controlled units.
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Founded in 1991 in Linkoping, Sweden, Pitch Technologies is world leader in interoperability products and services for training and simulation. Pitch has sold more than 100,000 licenses to aerospace and defense customers in 38 countries. Our mission is to make systems work together using open standards. Pitch has offices in Sweden, France, UK and USA
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Design and Principles Enabling the Space Reference FOM

SISO SIWzie award winner

ABSTRACT: A first complete draft of the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO) Space Reference Federation Object Model (FOM) has now been produced. This paper provides some insights into its capabilities and discusses the opportunity for reuse in other domains.

The focus of this first version of the standard is execution control, time management and coordinate systems, wellknown reference frames, as well as some basic support for physical entities. The biggest part of the execution control is the coordinated start-up process. This process contains a number of steps, including checking of required federates,
handling of early versus late joiners, sharing of federation wide configuration data and multi-phase initialization. An additional part of Execution Control is the coordinated and synchronized transition between Run mode, Freeze mode and Shutdown. For time management, several time lines are defined, including real-time, scenario time, High Level Architecture (HLA) logical time and physical time. A strategy for mixing simulations that use different time steps is introduced, as well as an approach for finding common boundaries for fully synchronized freeze.

For describing spatial information, a mechanism with a set of reference frames is specified. Each reference frame has a position and orientation related to a parent reference frame. This makes it possible for federates to perform calculations in reference frames that are convenient to them. An operation on the Moon can be performed using lunar coordinates whereas an operation on Earth can be performed using Earth coordinates. At the same time, coordinates in one reference frame have an unambiguous relationship to a coordinate in another reference frame. While the Space Reference FOM is originally being developed for Space operations, we believe that many parts of it can be reused for any simulation that has a focus on physical processes with one or more coordinate systems, and
require high fidelity and repeatability

Authors: Björn Möller, Edwin Z: Crues, Dan Dexter, Alfredo Garro, Michael Madden, Anton Skuratovskiy
Publication: Proceedings of 2018 Winter Simulation Interoperability Workshop, 18W-SIW-038, Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization, January 2018

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