SimFront Simulation Systems

is dedicated to the delivery of constructive simulation related products & software development services to the military and defence sector.

  • VCCI, the Virtual Command and Control Interface, is used to support simulation based training to the military. It is the middleware that sits between 3rd party simulators and military command and control applications. In broad terms, VCCI offers data translation, transformation and coordination services between 3rd party simulators and military command and control applications. It also provides value added simulation services in its own right.

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  • Aramis is a Military Off-The-Shelf (MOTS) After Action Review (AAR) tool that graphically represents complex simulation data captured from a military exercise. It allows the AAR analyst to quickly locate issues and specific topics from the exercise and display it in a meaningful fashion, thereby increasing the value of the event for the primary training audience.

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  • Paradigm is a distributed component architecture which leverages the following architectural concepts, standards and best practices:
    1) A Service Oriented approach to introducing and implementing capabilities (e.g. modelling and simulation capabilities)
    2) An N-Tier architectural structure that maintains separation between presentation layers, business layers and resource layers
    3) A two tier Hub and Spoke interaction mechanism which allows data to flow between components using both a request / response model and a publish / subscribe model

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  • T4 ATC is for organizations that need to train Air Traffic Control (ATC) Tower controllers to operate in highly unique ATC environments without using human role players. T4 ATC is a data driven system desktop training system that utilizes speech recognition to allow ATC trainees to independently practice pattern management and conflict resolution within the context of their own environment.

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  • Synthetic Environment Resource Repository (SERR) is for Modelling and Simulation (M&S) experts who need to track, manage and maintain critical M&S assets. Unlike other programs and tools that require M&S experts to manually move, upload or otherwise transfer assets into M&S repositories, SERR was fundamentally designed to “leave assets where they live”.

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  • MELS (the Master Event List Simulation) makes full use of SimFront’s flexible and robust Paradigm application architecture to provide an environment that allows exercise staff to create, edit, manage and execute simulation events. MELS provides the ability to develop a predetermined scripted series of events or to inject events dynamically during exercise execution.

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  • SimFront Simulation Systems Corporation has completed the sale of their After Action Review (AAR) tool, Aramis, to Lockheed Martin UK. Lockheed intends to use Aramis in order to provide exercise playback for data captured from their Battlegroup Command and Control Trainer (BC2T) simulation system. The version of Aramis to be used by Lockheed supports the NATO Command and Control Information Exchange Data Model (C2IEDM) - Version GH6.

  • SimFront Simulation Systems Corporation has been awarded a contract to provide a solution that would allow the MoD of the UK to support stimulation of their ComBAT command and control system from their constructive simulation system. The intent is to use the SimFront developed software at the existing Command and Staff Training (CAST) sites during synthetic training events. The software will interface to the UK MoDs constructive training system and provide stimulation to ComBATs Training and Simulation Interface (TSI). The required capability for ComBAT enabled headquarters undergoing training at a CAST facility is to receive ComBAT positional updates for synthetic units in the constructive simulation just as they would from deployed units. The SimFront solution will enable this capability.

  • SimFront Simulation Systems Corporation has been awarded a contract to supply their After Action Review (AAR) tool, Aramis, in support of the UK MoDs Command and Staff Training (CAST). Aramis is a state of the art AAR tool that interfaces to the NATO Land Command and Control Information Exchange Data Model (LC2IEDM) to allow playback of exercises captured from any constructive simulation that provides LC2IEDM data capture capability. The contract includes the delivery, training and support of Aramis to the UK CAST sites of Warminster (UK), Catterick (UK) and Sennelager ( Germany ). The UK MoD intend to use Aramis to provide AAR functionality for Raytheon's ABACUS (Advanced Battlefield CompUter Simulation) product.

  • SimFront Simulation Systems Corporation has been added to the list of suppliers on PWGSCs (Public Works and Government Services Canada) Tri-Service Supply Arrangement services vehicle. Under this vehicle SimFront is now enabled to provide professional engineering and technical support services in order to support all defence systems and equipment managed by the Director General Land Equipment Program Management (DGLEPM), the Director General Maritime Equipment Program Management (DGMEPM) and the Director General Aerospace Equipment Program Management (DGAEPM).

  • SimFront Simulation Systems Corporation is a specially focused company targeted at the niche domain of simulation, and simulation - C2 interoperability. SimFront was created to focus specifically on the delivery of simulation-related products and services to both public and private sectors. SimFront researches, develops and commercializes these products based on leading edge technologies and novel inventions that exploit human-computer interactions in the simulation domain. SimFront founders have the breadth and depth of both military and industry simulation experience to maintain SimFront as a leader in the military simulation domain. More information about the company can be found at http://www.simfront.com.

If you are interested in working in a leading edge technical development environment and have the skills to match that desire, SimFront is interested in hearing from you. Specifically SimFront is always searching for individuals with skills such as:

  • Software development expertise (Java, C++, C, C#)
  • Simulation and modelling experience
  • System architecture knowledge (J2EE, .NET)
  • Linux or Windows development experience
  • Geo Systems expertise (ESRI, GeoTrans, Terra Vista, Luciad)
  • Database design experience (MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server)
  • Computer gaming and modelling experience
  • Military experience in simulation, C2IS, project management, requirements, or LCMM domains
  • Web architectures design and development
  • 3D Modeling and animation

Please send your resume to careers@simfront.com for consideration.

Email Us: General-Info@SimFront.com

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Ottawa Office

329 March Road, Suite 232 Ottawa, ON, K2K 2E1

Phone: (613) 216-2300

Fax: (613) 256-6864

Email: General-Info@simfront.com

Directors

Scott Reid
+1 613-216-2300 ext 302


Raj Hans
+1 613-216-2300 ext 301


Luigi Tardioli
+1 613-216-2300 ext 303

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VCCI

  • VCCI, the Virtual Command and Control Interface, is used to support simulation based training to the military and has been the work horse for both Canadian and MOD UK simulation based training events for many years. It is the middleware that sits between 3rd party simulators and military command and control applications. In broad terms, VCCI offers data translation, transformation and coordination services between 3rd party simulators and military command and control applications. It also provides value added simulation services in its own right.

    In particular, VCCI provides the following software support to an Army CAX and System of Systems (SOS) testing events:



  • • Simulation data capture from a variety of simulators - examples: ABACUS, JCATS, JSAF, VBS2 and others. In addition to entity data VCCI offers a consolidated SIM record of each military event
    • CURSIT support via an embedded GIS engine enabling a common operating picture (COP) for all involved systems
    • ORBAT support allowing users to work with simulation and C2 entities in the correct force organization
    • After action review (AAR) functionality that enables users to leverage military event data captures to extract lessons learned



  • • Simulator control and monitoring which allows VCCI to interact with the simulations to the level which the simulations allow
    • Command and Control system (C2) data fill and stimulation services enabling C2 entity locations, statuses and holdings to be updated in real time in a controlled fashion
    • Data flow control to allow users to customize inbound and outbound data feeds in order to match exercise tempo and expected level of exercise fidelity
    • Detailed mapping and routing at the entity level allowing for proper synchronization of SIM and C2 disparate entities



  • • C2 control feature collection allowing the retrieval of control features defined in the C2 system
    • C2 control feature transfer to SIMs which avoids simulation controllers from having to manually enter the same data in the SIM(s) that has been entered into the C2 system
    • Support for numerous military protocol standards including STANAG 4607 (GMTI), STANAG 4609 (Video), 4586 (UAV Control), STANAG 1287 (DIS), OTH Gold, Link 16
    • Embedded DIS routing for optimum exercise data management and control


  • • Multiple distributed user interface support for diverse exercise and training floor layouts
    • Actual value added simulation capabilities in order to cover shortfalls that may exist in the simulations used or to address specific Canadian military training or exercise requirements including:
    • A) Enhanced radar model support allowing for the generation of radar detections
    • B) Disaggregation of aggregate simulation objects which allows the objects to be decomposed to the entity level

ARAMIS
  • Aramis is a Military Off-The-Shelf (MOTS) After Action Review (AAR) tool that graphically represents complex simulation data captured from a military exercise. It allows the AAR analyst to quickly locate issues and specific topics from the exercise and display it in a meaningful fashion, thereby increasing the value of the event for the primary training audience. Because Aramis extracts its exercise data from NATO's Multilateral Interoperability Protocol (MIP) Land Command and Control Information Exchange Data Model (LC2IEDM), it is simulation independent.


  • The Canadian Army currently uses Aramis for exercises captured from ABACUS/CAST (Command and Staff Trainer) and Joint Conflict Tactics Simulation (JCATS). Canadian AAR analysts use this single application regardless as to if the exercise was a CAST or JCATS exercise. Weapon range fan on JCATS capture quickly reveals that this enemy APC was deployed in a location where it will not be able to engage forces in blue advance until they are much closer.

  • Aramis' GIS functionality natively represents the source data provided by military mapping and charting establishments not tying the tool to any one particular simulation and presenting the picture as military commanders and their staffs are used to seeing it. The GIS functionality within Aramis allows the analyst to quickly locate strengths or weaknesses in the training audience's terrain appreciation.

    Please contact us to get information on how Aramis can help you extract more benefit from the investment made in your existing simulation(s).

PARADIGM
  • Paradigm is a distributed component architecture which leverages the following architectural concepts, standards and best practices:

    • 1) A Service Oriented approach to introducing and implementing capabilities (e.g. modelling and simulation capabilities)
    • 2) An N-Tier architectural structure that maintains separation between presentation layers, business layers and resource layers
    • 3) A two tier Hub and Spoke interaction mechanism which allows data to flow between components using both a request / response model and a publish / subscribe model

  • Paradigm is more than just a collection of architectural concepts, standards and best practices. It is a framework written in Java that can be run on any OS platform including Windows, Linux/UNIX and on mobile platforms if required.

  • Runtime configurations can be defined to activate different combinations of components in one or more JVM (Java Virtual Machine) process. These processes can be distributed across different servers; the collection of which forms a running instance of a Paradigm based product (known as a system instance or syndicate).

T4 ATC
  • T4 ATC is for organizations that need to train Air Traffic Control (ATC) Tower controllers to operate in highly unique ATC environments without using human role players. T4 ATC is a data driven system desktop training system that utilizes speech recognition to allow ATC trainees to independently practice pattern management and conflict resolution within the context of their own environment.

    Unlike other Tower ATC desktop simulations that use generic airfields and generic procedures that require ATC trainees to adapt to the simulation, T4 ATC was designed to reflect the specifics of an aerodrome thereby allowing the trainee to directly transfer learning from the simulation to the real-world.

    This results in higher trainee confidence and competence, which in turn results in greater rates of “first time right” performance when working with live traffic. T4 ATC was first designed and built for the Canadian Military ATC community. Six sites across Canada will take delivery of T4 ATC systems

SERR
  • Synthetic Environment Resource Repository (SERR) is for Modelling and Simulation (M&S) experts who need to track, manage and maintain critical M&S assets. Unlike other programs and tools that require M&S experts to manually move, upload or otherwise transfer assets into M&S repositories, SERR was fundamentally designed to “leave assets where they live”.

    By leaving the assets where they live, changes and improvements are automatically detected and submitted to the M&S repository so that the repository constantly up to date with little-to-no human intervention.


  • The application has two main parts, a web app and a Local Inventory Metadata Engine (LIME). The web app provides all administration, management and user functions such as tagging and searching. The LIME is a service that is co-located with the assets. LIME monitors the assets and abstracts the changes to the assets so that decision makerscan easily determine how many times an asset has been re-used, re-purposed or improved from its original purpose.

    SERR is a lightweight, simple to use tool for managing assets that are worked. While SERR was originally designed for the military modelling and simulation community, the application may be extended to commercial applications under its commercial name of DART (Digital Asset and Reference Trust).

MELS
  • MELS (the Master Event List Simulation) makes full use of SimFront’s flexible and robust Paradigm application architecture to provide an environment that allows exercise staff to create, edit, manage and execute simulation events. MELS provides the ability to develop a predetermined scripted series of events or to inject events dynamically during exercise execution.

    MELS provides a powerful context based events editor that allows exercise staff to create a diverse set of events including text, chat, audio, video, image and email. The events are scheduled or injected deterministically as required.

  • MELS uses a server to process event execution and allows for the use of multiple collaborative clients that may be geographically dispersed across a network. Events developed by exercise staff may be targeted for a specific user or sent to the community at large.

  • As events are executed by the MELS server they are routed to the correct user and then processed by each client according to the event type (i.e. audio played for audio events, video viewer for video events, email sent for email events, etc.) The end result is an extremely powerful collaborative exercise event generation environment.

    Please contact us for more information on how MELS can help your exercise staff collaborate to develop and effectively execute the events surrounding an effective training exercise.