SBIR award to study terrain services for mobile devices


Posted on May 1, 2008

The “High Fidelity Runtime Database Engine” SBIR, awarded by RDECOM-STTC, will focus on developing a next-generation terrain database format, along with supporting services, designed to handle extremely high resolution synthetic natural environment data on limited computing resources. Dignitas Technologies is joined by Applied Research Associates (ARA) as a subcontractor on this effort. The Phase I effort will conduct research into high-resolution terrain skin and natural feature representations based upon the team’s extensive experience with live, virtual, and constructive terrain database formats. The team will reuse technology originally developed to provide detailed line-of-sight calculations on a hand-held device.

Dignitas Technologies, LLC, a Certified Woman-Owned Small Business, founded in 2004, is providing system and software engineering services for the modeling and simulation community with a mission to shape the future of simulation with innovative technology. Dignitas leads several Small Business Innovation Research projects and supports a wide range of large and small programs spanning the Live, Virtual, and Constructive domains across a diverse customer set. Dignitas has extensive experience and successful past performance in the development of key simulation systems and provides expertise in management, research, engineering, and programming.

The developed concepts will support functionality ranging from automated terrain analysis in support of computer generated forces to low-level geometric calculations such as geo-pairing. The format will correlate with visual terrain databases, and will support rapid updates. The Phase I effort will include investigation of early prototyping partners and interviews with major efforts related to embedded training, including the Future Combat System (FCS) and RDECOM research efforts such as MATREX.