Vertex Solutions Invited to Present New VR Training Solutions to SOCOM Leaders at I/ITSEC 2019

November 25, 2019

Dennis Wikoff, President

888.225.9398

dwikoff@vertexsolutions.com

Vertex Solutions Invited to Present New VR Training Solutions to SOCOM Leaders at I/ITSEC 2019

CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Nov. 25, 2019 – Vertex Solutions, LLC’s VR/MR SOCOM Mission Rehearsal Trainer was selected as one of eight submission to present to the SOF Simulations Technologies Capability Assessment Event at I/ITSEC 2019. Our Dec. 4th presentation will describe how our VR/MR ecosystem that already includes development of our A-10C Warthog VR simulator and AC-130J VR Combat Mission Trainer, can be used to deliver a high fidelity mission rehearsal capability for SOCOM operators “down-range” at the point of need.

Please join us this year at the I/ITSEC 2019 conference in Orlando, FL, Dec. 2–6, booth #2556.

About Vertex Solutions

Known for exceptional customer service and superior performance, Vertex Solutions is an industry leader in human capital training solutions and consulting services. Vertex has partnered with federal organizations over the past 23 years to solve their most pressing training challenges with end-to-end custom solutions that improve performance.

To learn more about Vertex Solutions, please visit our website at https://www.vertexsolutions.com/

Vertex Solutions Exhibits at the Annual I/ITSEC Conference, December 2-6 in Orlando, Florida

Posted by Stephen Palamara, Director of Business Development

The Interservice/ Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) is the world’s largest modeling, simulation and training event. To be held on December 2-6, 2019 in Orlando, Florida, USA, I/ITSEC consists of peer-reviewed paper presentations, tutorials, special events, professional workshops, a commercial exhibit hall, a serious games competition, and STEM events for teachers and secondary students.

I/ITSEC is organized by the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA), which promotes international and interdisciplinary cooperation within the fields of modeling and simulation (M&S), training, education, analysis, and related disciplines at this annual meeting. The NTSA is an affiliate subsidiary of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). Hence, I/ITSEC also emphasizes themes related to defense and security.

Stop by and see us at booth 2556!

To learn more about the event please visit the I/ITSEC website https://www.iitsec.org/

To learn more about Vertex Solutions please visit our website https://www.vertexsolutions.com/vertexsolutions/

 

Vertex Takes to the Skies with A-10C Warthog VR Contract

November 11, 2019

Dennis Wikoff, President

888.225.9398

dwikoff@vertexsolutions.com

Vertex Takes to the Skies with A-10C Warthog VR Contract

CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Nov. 11, 2019 –  The Vertex Solutions, LLC team of e-learning professionals will work with the US Air Force and 355th Training Squadron (355 TRS) to deliver an A-10C Warthog virtual reality simulator. This latest installment will administer fundamental training procedures while displaying the A-10C’s unique flight characteristics and weapons capabilities.

This new high-fidelity software suite for the A-10C Warthog will enable the USAF and 355 TRS to improve overall training effectiveness, reduce training costs and programmed flight training backlog, and maximize the wing’s flying hour program by helping to focus real weapon system flight hours through a medium that maximizes ground-based training efforts. The A-10C VR flight simulator builds on Vertex Solutions’ ecosystem of virtual and mixed reality trainers and will be interoperable with the AC-130 simulator Vertex delivered to Air Force Special Operations Command. Additionally, the system will benefit from natural human interaction technologies Vertex developed for the Air Education and Training Command’s Pilot Next Training (AETC/PTN) program.

The A-10C simulation suite will leverage our corporate partnerships while incorporating Vertex innovations. In particular, this project will use Bohemia Interactive’s new Virtual Battlespace Blue IG to generate a cutting-edge serious gaming GUI, and SASimulations’ FLEX-air for flight dynamics modeling and real-world avionics, systems, and weapons emulation. The Vertex-developed intelligent tutoring system (VertexITS) will collect performance measures from the exercise, store and provide instructor access to performance data, provide hints and feedback to students, and optimize students’ paths to expertise using a scaffolded proficiency model that adjusts assistance based on performance until students can complete training tasks with minimal to no assistance.

About Vertex Solutions

Known for exceptional customer service and superior performance, Vertex Solutions is an industry leader in human capital training solutions and consulting services. Vertex has partnered with federal organizations over the past 23 years to solve their most pressing training challenges with end-to-end custom solutions that improve performance.

To learn more about Vertex Solutions, please visit our website at https://www.vertexsolutions.com/

 

 

Vertex Solutions Receives Award from Work for Warriors Georgia

Posted by Dennis Wikoff, President of Vertex Solutions

During a ceremony for National Guard Day at the Capital on March 28, 2019, Bob Roth from Vertex Solutions will accept an award from Work for Warriors Georgia for hiring veterans. The Work for Warrior mission is to help facilitate the employment of Veterans, Soldiers, and spouses.

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During the event, Vertex and other employers who receive this award will enjoy a meet and greet with Georgia Legislators and a photo with Governor Brian Kemp.

To learn more about Work for Warriors Georgia please visit their website https://workforwarriorsga.org/.

To learn more about Vertex Solutions please visit our website http://www.vertexsolutions.com/vertexsolutions/.

 

 

Vertex Solutions Announces New Headquarters Relocation

January 10, 2019                                                                                          Contact: Dennis Wikoff

President

888.225.9398

PRESS RELEASE

Vertex Solutions Announces New Headquarters Relocation

Vertex Solutions announced it has moved into new corporate offices at 3007 Village Office Place in Champaign, Illinois to accommodate rapid company growth, expanding from approximately 2100 square feet to over 4500 square feet with the ability to expand to over 6600 square feet at the new location.

“This marks a huge milestone for the company, and its employees and customers will all benefit from the opportunities this expansion presents,” stated Vertex President Dennis Wikoff. “Vertex’s new offices provide more collaboration space and a better work environment for current and future staff. The new office accommodates a dedicated virtual reality development lab to support our internal R&D and recently awarded virtual reality contracts. Vertex grew almost 30% in 2018 and we are forecasting similar growth for 2019. We need a space that will help us attract the type of high-tech, innovative professionals that will help us continue to grow at this pace.”

The new workspace is located in Village at the Crossing at the corner of Windsor Duncan, and provides walking distance access to dining, fitness facilities, and other amenities.

About Vertex Solutions

Known for exceptional customer service and superior performance, Vertex Solutions is an industry leader in leading edge training solutions with an emphasis on applying emerging technology to improve learning. Vertex has partnered with federal organizations over the past 20 years to solve their most pressing training challenges with end-to-end custom solutions that improve performance.

To learn more about Vertex Solutions please visit our website be https://www.vertexsolutions.com

Vertex Solutions awarded Air Force SBIR AF-183-006 Contract by AFWERX

November 26, 2018                                                                                      Contact: Dennis Wikoff

President

                                                                                                                                  888.225.9398

PRESS RELEASE

Vertex Solutions awarded Air Force SBIR AF-183-006 Contract by AFWERX

AFWERX has awarded Vertex Solutions, LLC a contract under Air Force SBIR topic AF183-006 to develop a common human machine interface (HMI) API for VR Training. Vertex will work with the Air Force Pilot Training Next Program, Air Force Special Operations Command, and other Air Force developers of VR training to develop a generalized API that will allow rapid – plug and play – integration of VR controllers, biometric devices, and other HMI devices, agnostic of VR training system code base.

The development of a generalized HMI API and eventual associated SDK will facilitate natural human interactions in a VR environment and will address the problems of:

  1. The precision required for interactions with small, densely configured input mechanisms on aircraft control panels and behind maintenance panels.
  2. Identifying user intent to enable a natural interaction with VR control panels and other VR objects.
  3. The complexity of integrating new and emerging HMI hardware into the VR training systems built upon disparate VR development tools and training system code bases. Solving this challenge will reduce the opportunity cost associated with integrating new devices with untested effectiveness and facilitate sharing HMI hardware found to be effective across Air Force programs.
  4. Leveraging the wealth of student performance and training effectiveness data that can be extrapolated from the HMI hardware.
  5. Aligning physical HMI devices, e.g. stick and throttle, with their representations in the VR so that a user grasping a device with a hand rendered in VR correlates with grasping the physical device.

This SBIR program aligns with Vertex Solutions’ strategic initiatives in VR research and development, including our training performance data analytics and intelligent tutoring system, and VR haptic feedback glove solution. Vertex Solutions is a leader in VR training research and development, recently delivering AC-130 VR trainers to AFSOC complete with 16 copilot checklists and full cockpit familiarization training.

About Vertex Solutions

Known for exceptional customer service and superior performance, Vertex Solutions is an industry leader in human capital training solutions and consulting services. Vertex has partnered with federal organizations over the past 20 years to solve their most pressing training challenges with end-to-end custom solutions that improve performance.

To learn more about Vertex Solutions please visit our website http://www.vertexsolutions.com/vertexsolutions/

 

“Blended Retirement System – Fact or Fiction” Video Created by Vertex Solutions Awarded First Prize Award of Excellence for Social Media by the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC)

Posted by Dennis Wikoff, President, Vertex Solutions

The “Blended Retirement System – Fact or Fiction” video created by Vertex Solutions was awarded First Prize for Social Media in the 2018 Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Awards by the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC). NAGC recognized the campaign’s creativity, visual elements, and ability to reach the target audience when choosing BRS for the award in the social media category.

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Vertex Solutions produced the videos to accompany three formal Blended Retirement System (BRS) Training Courses, and scripted, designed, filmed, edited, and produced 20 short videos to enhance social media awareness of the new system.

The goal of the training courses is to increase the financial literacy of Uniformed Service members, while preparing them for the transition to a new retirement program.  These courses were the foundation of the multi-year effort to prepare the Force for such a monumental change.

To learn more about Vertex Solutions please visit our website https://www.vertexsolutions.com..

 

 

 

Videos Created by Vertex Solutions for the Blended Retirement System Social Media Campaigns Chosen by the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) for an Award of Excellence

Posted by Dennis Wikoff, President, Vertex Solutions

Vertex Solutions designed three formal Blended Retirement System (BRS) Training Courses, the goal of which is to increase the financial literacy of Uniformed Service members, while preparing them for the transition to a new retirement program.  These courses were the foundation of the multi-year effort to prepare the Force for such a monumental change.

Vertex Solutions also produced the videos to accompany the training courses, and scripted, designed, filed, edited, and produced 20 videos to enhance social media awareness of the new system.  The “BRS: Fact or Fiction” and “Ask Robyn” campaigns had over 6M views and reached 28M people.

The campaigns were chosen by the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) for an Award of Excellence. NAGC recognized the campaign’s creativity, visual elements, and ability to reach the target audience when choosing BRS for award in the social media category.

To learn more about Vertex Solutions please visit our website http://www.vertexsolutions.com/vertexsolutions/.

 

The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense Thanks Vertex Solutions for its Work on the Uniformed Services’ Blended Retirement System Project

Vertex Solutions President, Dennis Wikoff, received a letter from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense expressing appreciation for the work done by Mark Heimburger and Dean Hixson on the Uniformed Services’ Blended Retirement System Project.  Mr. Heimburger and Mr. Hixson were recognized for being “instrumental in shaping the formal training and building a strategic communications campaign that will benefit millions of Uniformed Service members”, and helping the Department of Defense overcome “a monumental challenge to prepare and train 1.6 million Uniformed Service members in time for the introduction of the new system by January 1, 2018”.

Vertex Solutions designed the three formal Blended Retirement System Training Courses, the goal of which is to increase the financial literacy of Uniformed Service members, while preparing them for the transition to a new retirement program.  These courses were the foundation of the multi-year effort to prepare the Force for such a monumental change.

Vertex Solutions also produced the videos to accompany the training courses, and scripted, designed, filed, edited, and produced 20 videos to enhance social media awareness of the new system.  This social media effort garnered over 6 million views and greatly expanded the awareness and preparation of the Force for the roll-out of the new retirement system.

We congratulate Mr. Heimburger and Mr. Hixon on their roles in the successful design and implementation of the new system.

To learn more about Vertex Solutions please visit our website http://www.vertexsolutions.com/vertexsolutions/.