Close Air Solutions – IZLID
Close Air Solutions (CAS) is a Bristol based company situated at the acclaimed Bristol and Bath Science Park that design and produce simulation equipment used for training defence and security personnel. CAS provide a vast array of simulation applications, which include software applications and the integration of replica military equipment providing the trainees with the most realistic and lifelike training environment.
In the field an IZLID is a compact, lightweight infrared laser pointing and marking device used by the military. It is designed to be used as a command pointer, for target marking and for communicating with aircraft. The IZLID is small enough to fit in a user’s pocket or attach to their belt for quick access, offering swift guidance to ground personnel over a range of 39km.
Cubik’s scope was to replicate the look and feel of an IZLID in its aesthetics, ergonomics and user functions minus the real world infrared beam.
The IZLID simulator connects to the Close Air Solutions simulator system via a single USB lead and sends back data regarding movement.
Using the IZLID physically, the operator points the IZLID at the display during training scenarios and the beam is generated in sync with the position of the IZILID in the real world. The allows the operator to gain an understanding of how the IZILID behaves and reacts.
CAS sought a small batch run of units in order to develop their simulator and for sale to their simulator owners.
As the quantity was too low to allow cost effective injection moulding, the housing was produced in a short run using Vacuum casting methods. On completion of the embedded software, a short run of units was built using our in-house production facility.
Maintaining a close working relationship with the CAS Team not only allowed for excellent communication, but also the opportunity to collaborate in the development of the product, ensuring the end result replicated the real wold product.
Tom Ball Founder and Technical Director of Close Air Solutions Ltd.
Example of Close Air Solutions simulation software that they use courtesy of MetaVR Virtual Reality Scene Generator.
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