IRAS PRO_Navy overview
A navy specific enterprise level server based solution
Communication training for naval teams
IRAS PRO_Navy provides a dedicated communication training solution for your ship teams in exercises with your naval tactical simulator. With a touch screen operated radio communication panel and an external push-to-talk button the team gets a realistic experience for their communication tasks. In addition, the IRAS PRO_Navy solution allows for easy configuration and updating of the IRAS installation.
For the exercise instructors the IRAS PRO_Navy solution provides means affecting the communication as well as guidance and monitoring capabilities.
IRAS PRO_Navy is a radio communication solution intended for military and civil naval simulators capable of providing ship positions in DIS format. The system supports both multiple ships, multiple exercises and multiple instructors in almost any combination. It allows for up to 60 radio channels per exercise and dedicated intercom for teams, instructors and between teams and instructors. It runs on affordable PC equipment with standard PC headset or speakers/microphone as mentioned in the hardware section.
The solution has been designed and developed in close cooperation with the Danish Navy and is currently deployed in the Danish Naval Warfare School as well as abroad.
Providing the best training experience for your trainee teams
Training your teams in communication procedures is essential in meeting the requirements and success for operational readiness. IRAS Pro_Navy is designed with this in mind letting the instructor adapt the training level on the fly to the current situation for the teams. With the attachment of own ship radios to an external simulator the teams must take into account their distance between each other in order to achieve proper communication.
The IRAS PRO_Navy system
IRAS PRO_Navy is a software system aimed for two distinct roles, namely the trainees organized in teams and the instructors. Both roles have communication capabilities, but with different interfaces and functionalities. In addition to this, the system consists of a server with the capabilities for the set up of the integration with a third-party naval simulator.
The figure below shows an example of an IRAS PRO_Navy installation with 12 communication stations distributed over 6 ship simulators, and controlled by 2 instructors.
Example showing part of the instructor user interface
Example of operator user interface
The instructors will set up the communication plan for the trainee teams and select which exercise from the external simulator to join. Once deployed communication is possible and will be initiated by pressing the Push-to-Talk (PTT) button on the selected radio or intercom channel. For radios the communication is half-duplex whereas communication for intercoms is full-duplex. During the exercise the communication can be monitored and guided by the instructors.
The software used on both all instructor stations and all communication stations are automatically distributed from the IRAS Server. A new version of the software is easily installed on the IRAS Server. When an instructor or communication station is started, the new software will automatically be downloaded to the computer. As a system administrator you save a lot of time by avoiding to update every IRAS station manually.
The IRAS Server is hosting all communication station configuration. In a large simulation environment it is of great benefit to have the configuration stored in on place. When configuration changes have to be made, you don’t have to visit every involved communication station. On the IRAS Server individual station configurations, configurations for groups of stations or global settings that apply to all stations can be defined. The configuration settings could be like the network card or the sound card that should be used.
An IRAS Server solution makes it possible for communication stations to share radio frequencies. In that case only one communication station can transmit on a given frequency at a time.
Looking for more?
If neither of these match your expectations exactly you should look at IRAS Customized Solutions where you also will find a number of use cases for IRAS that have been deployed to our customers.