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DASA award contract to deep-tech startup to deliver virtual training for soldiers in the field

Written by Stephanie Georgiou

17th June 2020, Guildford, UK – The UK Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) innovation scheme has awarded a triple-figure contract to Polystream, the Intel-backed deep-tech startup, to develop a prototype deployable ‘plug and play’ synthetic training technology. This highly portable system contains Polystream’s ground-breaking command streaming technology and it can be dropped into any terrain to deliver virtual 3D interactive training to 30 army soldiers, over legacy hardware.

Polystream’s Cloud in a box

Currently, for a majority of simulation training scenarios, soldiers have to be brought back from the field where training is then delivered in static classroom locations using traditional approaches. Polystream’s approach leveraging their transformational platform will enable immersive training to be deployable in any environment, whether it be in a tent or tank shed, in a jungle or desert. Enabling a whole platoon to benefit from scenario-based training whilst they are in the field will equip them with life-saving skills much more quickly.

Polystream implemented in a ‘cloud in a box’ will deliver high-fidelity scenario-based training applications via a partnership with Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim), a global software company at the forefront of simulation training for defense applications. Multiple learning modules take place in virtual terrains of real training areas, using the latest military kit to teach the latest tactical and operational skills. BISim’s Virtual Battlespace 3 (VBS3) powers the Defense Virtual Simulation (DVS) programme, which is the common virtual simulation tool that the UK Ministry of Defense uses to enable interoperable, accessible and deployable virtual simulation capabilities.

UK content in VBS3 provided by BISimulations

Designed specifically for complex 3D interactive content and applications, Polystream has reimagined streaming. Their transformative platform approaches the challenge completely differently. Its Command Streaming technology leverages the elastic power of the cloud to deliver compute, and use everyday consumer-type devices to render locally, bringing the best of both together to provide unimaginable scale without the traditional cost or complexity. Its ‘cloud in the box’ prototype has been developed to stream 30 instances of the software, the size of an average army platoon. 

The technology will enable the military to extend the lifetime of its kit, as the training can be delivered on old or existing computers.  Additionally, the ‘cloud in the box’ will also have a secure networked capability, which means that geographically dispersed training operations can be conducted efficiently and with minimal costs across the globe – able to scale to multiple platoons at the same time if and when required. Current trials with the UK Ministry of Defence have progressed well and the final trials of the technology will be being witnessed by the UK Defence Community before field deployment.

Bruce Grove, CEO, and Founder of Polystream said, “The application opportunities for synthetic training for the UK defence sector cannot be understated. It’s been great making sure our Platform works on a ruggedized rack enabling the delivery of Command Streaming technology in any environment, which soldiers can test and break it in. We look forward to expanding upon this project with the Ministry of Defense, potentially with operational trials for larger groups and use cases.”

Oli Arup, Product Management SVP, Bohemia Interactive Simulations: “Polystream’s technology offers a unique approach to cloud deployment of military training simulations. Its approach provides flexibility and adaptability within military network architectures where access to public cloud resources isn’t always available.”


About Polystream

Polystream, a deep-tech startup, is the world’s most scalable real-time 3D delivery platform. Unlocking the true potential of interactive 3D content and applications, their proprietary Command Streaming technology moves graphics processing to a user’s own device. By using composable infrastructure in the cloud and edge technology to send commands, Polystream enables content creators the freedom to reach new audiences, changing how the world delivers immediacy, immersion, and interaction on-demand at unlimited scale.

The company was founded in 2015 by Bruce Grove, a cloud gaming veteran who previously headed up Engineering at OnLive and Adam Billyard, ex-founder of Criterion and the inventor of RenderWare. In 2019 the company received a $12 million Series A investment round, led by Intel Capital.

For more information, or to request a demo, please visit polystream.com.

For Polystream media inquiries and interviews, contact Claire Jones at claire.jones@jonesconsulting.co.uk

About Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim)

Founded in 2001, Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) is a global software company at the forefront of simulation and training solutions for defense and civilian organizations. Our mission is to harness the explosive potential of technology to revolutionize training and simulation. With origins in the commercial video game industry, BISim utilizes the latest game-based technology and a large, experienced in-house team of engineers to develop high-fidelity, cost-effective training and simulation software products and components for defense applications. 

Bohemia Interactive Simulations Defense Virtual Simulation programme is currently employed in classrooms all over the UK, as well as on Unit Based Virtual Training and on SPTA, BATUS and BATUK with Scopic. Thousands of DVS licences have been issued in the UK MOD and are actively supported by BISim. These licences support hundreds of UK MOD training, experimentation and research use cases. BISim’s products are used by defense organizations in over 50 countries.

For BISim media inquiries and interviews, contact Hannah Goodwin at BLASTmedia at bisim@blastmedia.com

DASA award contract to deep-tech startup to deliver virtual training for soldiers in the field

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