The ABITS development project will create an indoor tactical training solution with integrated data-driven performance indicators. This training-simulation loop will gather data from physiological sensors, assess trainee well-being through performance quantification, and provide analytics. It will capture and quantify a trainee's psychophysical state, such as attention, stress, and cognitive load, using non-invasive physiological sensors integrated within the training and simulation environment.
ABITS aims to enhance military simulation and training with quantitative measurements of trainees' psychophysical states based on real-time monitoring from non-invasive physiological sensors. This means that a trainee is not just evaluated on their weapon handling and tactical performance, but also on their psychophysical state during training.
The system supports training on complex weapon systems such as remote-controlled weapon stations (RCWS), shoulder-launched weapons, and UAV/UGV control. These are implemented as digital weapon replicas with integrated physiological sensors, placed within their operating range or as wearables on trainees. This arrangement allows for real-time capture of a trainee's physiological data linked to the scenario flow and events, allowing for monitoring of their attention, stress, and cognitive load.
With the collected real-time data, a trainee's state can be steered and directed by dynamically adapting the scenarios during simulation and training. The main goals are to make trainees resilient to stress, focus their attention, and reduce their cognitive load. This monitoring with 360-degree performance evaluation based on grading and ranking using newly developed combined KPI metrics allows for matching soldiers to the most suitable weapon system based on their physiological reactions, optimizing their performance and, ultimately, their survivability on the battlefield.
Guardiaris is a highly innovative company specialised in developing and producing custom-designed indoor and outdoor simulators for military, law enforcement and civilian customers. It is continuously improving its proprietary simulation software and various patented technologies and solutions in the training and simulation industry. Dedicated team of inhouse experts has been providing customers with tailor-made solutions and hands-on support for over 16 years. Guardiaris is an OEM partner of world prominent military corporations and end users from across Europe, Middle East, Asia and South America. Guardiaris is also a valuable partner to various civilian customers.
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The European Defence Fund incentivises and supports collaborative, cross-border research and development in the area of defence. The Fund will increase the EU’s technological edge and develop the capabilities that are key for the strategic autonomy and resilience of the Union and its Member States and the protection of its citizens.
Complementing and amplifying Member States’ efforts, the Fund promotes cooperation among companies and research actors of all sizes and geographic origin in the EU. In doing so, it will integrate further the European defence technological and industrial base, develop industrial skills and competencies as well as the innovation potential of Europe’s industry.