- CGI Federal has completed a pilot for a metaverse-based logistics solution for the Marine Corps.
- The company has built a digital twin of Earth that includes information such as assets, sensor data and telemetry.
- The pilot was developed in collaboration with Battle Road Digital and operates under the same laws of physics as the real world.
CGI Federal has completed a pilot of a metaverse-based logistics collusion for the Marine Corps. The solution can be used in a broad range of government applications. The platform is developed in collaboration with Battle Road Digital and operates under the same laws of physics as the real world.
According to the announcement, the pilot showcased a digital twin of Earth that includes information such as assets, sensor data and telemetry. Unlike most metaverse experiences, the solution does not require the use of virtual reality and augmented reality headsets.
“When you create a twin with real word physics limitations and you have the ability to integrate deep, rich metadata, you create an immersive metaverse that is human, interactive and realistic,” said Victor Foulk, a vice president of emerging technology at CGI.
Although are viable, Foulk believes on-screen interactions will remain the norm for years to come in part because of how expensive that equipment is, Washington Technology reported.
“We need to normalize the adoption of the interactive platforms first, build out the data sets, build the engines,” he said.
The metaverse is widely marketed as a 3D world where people can interact immersively using AR/VR devices. However, Foulk believes that “how people interact with the metaverse isn’t as important as the power it can deliver.”
The company sees its pilot being applicable in three use cases, operations planning, interactive training and evaluation, and real-time operational oversight. They all “blend modelling and simulation capabilities with sensor and telemetry data in one environment to improve outcomes,” he said.
Although the company has been working with the Marine on asset management and logistics systems for decades, the company said its partnership with Blount Island Command was suited for this pilot.
“[They are] one of the more forward-leaning organizations when it comes to trying new technologies to deliver its mission, particularly pre-positioning and logistics movements.”
The pilot also leveraged 5G technology and low-earth orbit communications to deploy commands globally accurately.
Giving an example of loading a ship with equipment, Foulk said: “You have to get the right assets on the ship in the right order. It requires a lot of sensors and data and logistics planning,” he said. “Being able to simulate that and do more detailed analytics and planning before you actually start moving assets will improve operational efficiency.”
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