Technical Trends

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Technical Trends

FDTS has been exploring the application of Nvidia’s Omniverse to the demands of real-time tactical situational awareness and movement planning for the U.S. Army. Nvidia Omniverse is a real-time 3D collaboration and simulation platform that helps teams create, iterate, and share 3D content more easily. Benefits of this tool include: 

  • Real-Time Ray Tracing: This allows for the creation of photorealistic images and simulations. This is important for a number of industries, such as automotive, architecture, and film and television, where it is essential to be able to see how a design will look in the real world before it is built. 
  • Real-time collaboration: Omniverse allows teams to collaborate in real time on 3D projects. This means that they can see each other’s changes as they are made, which can help to speed up the development process. 
  • Interoperability: Omniverse is based on the Universal Scene Description (USD) format, which is an open-source 3D interchange format that allows for the seamless exchange of data between different 3D applications. This makes it a powerful tool for collaboration, as teams can use their preferred 3D applications and still work on the same project together. 
  • Scalability: Omniverse is scalable, which means that it can be used for small projects or large-scale projects. This makes it a versatile tool that can be used by teams of all sizes. 

In addition, Omniverse enables the integration of simulation data from physics-based models, such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD), rigid and deformable body dynamics, weather modeling, etc. This feature enables the visualization of complex flow fields or the evolution of moving bodies in a realistic 3-D environment. The Omniverse UI can be customized to add rich datasets that can be controlled by the user.

Omniverse’s implications for future technologies are significant. For instance, Omniverse could be used to create more realistic and immersive virtual worlds, which could be used for a number of purposes, such as training, education, and entertainment. It could also be used to create more efficient and effective manufacturing processes, as demonstrated by BMW’s Virtual Factory, which can be seen here.

As a leader in technology evaluation and optimization, FDTS has taken the natural step to develop AI-based solutions for a variety of federal customers and industries to improve efficiency, effectiveness, and safety. Our work includes creating standalone generative AI technologies, as well as AI-enabled tools for modeling and simulation, cyber security, video teleconferencing, counter-drone systems, and computer vision. 

For example, recently, FDTS created a standalone Generative AI technology, programmed by the customer’s own data to be used as a natural language “chatbot” on their own knowledgebase. This product can ingest data, apply the generative AI algorithms to the data, and produce responses to queries in natural language and return results as it you were chatting with a live expert (such as ChatGPT). Currently the system ingests .pdf documentation, and we will be expanding the data types soon to apply the product to a variety of use cases. Two recent use cases where we applied GPT algorithms include a generative AI chatbot for the US Army and Federal Acquisition Regulations. The U.S. Army field manuals serve as the knowledge base of the AI, and the user can run queries on topics relative to U.S. Army procedures and regulations using natural language by posing complex questions just as interacting with an expert in the field. Similarly, complex questions involving legal language and terminology can be posed to the AI on federal acquisition regulations; in this case, the knowledge base consist of the FAR and DFAR documents. 

Additional AI-enabled tools that FDTS is developing include: 

  • An AI-enabled modeling and simulation proof-of-concept “Digital Twin” for Army Command & Control battlefield situational awareness and movement control. This Digital Twin will use AI to create a real-time simulation of the battlefield, which can be used to train soldiers, plan operations, and assess the impact of changes to the battlefield environment. 
  • A Cyber Security System that uses AI to find unusual behaviors on a network and immediately notify the Network Operations Team through a graphical dashboard on what the potential threat is and where it is coming from.  
  • An AI interface for video teleconferencing that acts as a universal translator for calls between many languages.  Each user will hear each presenter in their native language and the presenters mouths will also mimic the translated language they are now displayed as speaking.  
  • An AI-enabled Counter Drone System that detects incoming, unauthorized drones on the radar and automatically deploys the Counter Drone UAS to apprehend it.  The Counter Drone UAS uses various sensors and AI to chase the drone and bring it within striking distance. Once the user authorizes the shot, a net gun is deployed and the unauthorized drone is safely tethered to a pre-determined location.  
  • An AI-enabled Computer Vision to be deployed on federal customer security camera systems.  Now, in real-time, security teams can be notified when something of interest is happening in their spaces.  Security Teams can instantly find the exact person-of-interest or object rather than trying to scroll through tens of thousands of hours of DVR video. 

FDTS is a growing leader in the field of artificial intelligence, and our work is helping to make AI more accessible and useful to a wider range of people. Our solutions are designed to help improve the way we work, communicate, and protect ourselves.