Microsoft is medium for ESP at I/ITSEC show

Microsoft unveiled several new features for the next version of its ESP visual simulation software development platform.

Attendees at the I/ITSEC 2008 show in Orlando, Fla., previewed the ground-vehicle operations capabilities and multi-channel display support that will be showcased in ESP version 2.0.

Microsoft ESP debuted earlier this year. Since then, the company has worked with industry partners such as Northrop Grumman Corp., and research universities such as the University of Southampton, to bring immersive games technology and simulation to military and civilian desktops.

'Government and military organizations are looking to augment traditional readiness programs with affordable, powerful and portable simulation solutions,' said David Boker, senior director of business development for ACES Studio at Microsoft. 'Microsoft ESP transforms how people learn and organizations plan and prepare by enabling partners to rapidly add scenarios, change out variables and integrate different technologies into their synthetic environments.'

The next version of ESP will extend the immersive experiences of mission rehearsal and skills training from warfighters in the air to warfighters on the ground, according to the company.

ESP's view will expand from a single-cockpit screen view to a full panoramic visual environment, making ESP suited for training first responders and ground transportation staff, as well as providing mission rehearsal, Microsoft said.

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