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ADDNS - Advanced Deployable Day/Night Simulation


Over the past several years a number of collaborative research initiatives with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in Mesa, Arizona have led to significant gains in the domain of modelling and simulation. The Advanced Deployable Day/Night Simulation (ADDNS) Technology Demonstration Project (TDP) was established primarily to break new ground in terms of simulation fidelity and to provide proof of concept in response to the ever-increasing demands placed on Modelling and Simulation (M&S) training requirements.

In a joint effort, DRDC-Toronto and the AFRL have developed high-resolution visual displays, and they have worked collaboratively to evaluate such displays. The experiments enable the laboratories to evaluate and compare the displays’ performance. This performance is measured in terms of the salience, visibility and visual discrimination that new displays will offer human observers.

DRDC-Toronto has contracted Array to perform a series of specific tasks that are required in order to establish and support the ongoing development of the ADDNS project and experimentation plans. In total, Array has been awarded four contracts.

The four contracts include experimental software design and development, Multi-channel Image Generator supply and integration, Database Tool Supplies and Services, and Software Engineering Services.

In these contracts, numerous custom experimental software products have been delivered and are presently being used for Human Factors Experiments. Also, an extensive 16 channel Image Generator System has been successfully delivered and integrated with the ADDNS ultra-high resolution laser projector, in addition to successful building and insertion of the Nellis and Cold Lake Geographical databases supplied by the Crown.

These contracts are designed to expand on previous DRDC efforts and experiments related to visibility, object discrimination, object identification and the image quality of displays. New efforts will include the manipulation of geographic databases and real-time scene generation including customized software development.

The TDP breaks new ground on the work started at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory in Mesa, Arizona by offering proof of concept as it relates to new higher simulation fidelity and addresses the stringent demands being placed on Modelling & Simulation training requirements.