The U.S. Army awarded Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) a sole-source contract in January to integrate its patent-protected state-of-the-art Augmented Reality software (ARC4: Augmented Reality, Command, Control, Communicate, Coordinate) into current and future Army vision systems and Army vision device displays.
Successful execution of ground combat operations depends on gaining and maintaining situational awareness of terrain, friendly troops, control measures, weapon systems, and enemy forces. Existing tools require Soldiers to access data on smartphones and tablets in a heads-down posture, which distracts from close-combat tasks, potentially jeopardizing safety.
ARC4, the leading augmented reality technology for dynamic on-the-move environments, tackles this challenge. It enables the user to acquire time-critical geo-spatial information with their head up and eyes out on the environment, viewing geo-registered icons overlaid on the Soldier’s real-world view. ARC4 allows teams to perform tasks with high awareness of their surroundings, in close coordination with each other, and with enhanced safety and speed.
ARC4 software integrates with a variety of hardware vision systems and runs on a variety of computing platforms, including Windows, Linux, and Android. ARC4 integrates with existing command and control utilities, including TAK and Nett Warrior.
“Over the past decade, ARA has pioneered high performance augmented reality for the dismounted warfighter,” said ARC4 Product Manager Dave Roberts, with ARA’s Southeast Division. “We continue to push the envelope with ARC4 capabilities and are excited to partner with the U.S. Army in providing this game-changing heads-up situational awareness technology to improve warfighter operational tempo, team coordination, and personnel safety.”
To learn more about ARC4, visit https://www.ara.com/arc4.