Monday, December 14, 2009

Raytheon BBN Technologies Wins Serious Games Showcase & Challenge with VESSEL Damage Control Trainer

Raytheon BBN Technologies Wins Serious Games Showcase & Challenge with VESSEL Damage Control Trainer
December 14, 2009

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., -- Raytheon BBN Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), has won the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge in the business category at the Annual Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), the world's largest modeling and simulation conference.

The winning entry is VESSEL Damage Control Trainer, an immersive, game-based training environment that teaches damage control skills, shipboard communication and shipboard navigation to U.S. Navy recruits, without the costs and risks involved with live training.

Damage control is a critical ship function that must be conducted according to specified procedures to minimize damage and avoid casualties. A validation study conducted at the U.S. Navy's Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill., showed that recruits who spent one hour with the VESSEL Damage Control Trainer reduced their errors in situational awareness, decision-making and communication by 50 percent.

The goal of the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge is to identify innovative game-based technologies and solutions that improve training effectiveness. A panel of military, academic and industry gaming experts selected the 12 finalists, whose entries were displayed at I/ITSEC in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 30-Dec. 3, 2009.

The panel selected one winner in each of three categories -- business, government and student -- based on technical quality, playability-usability and how well the solution addressed a stated problem.

Raytheon BBN Technologies led the VESSEL development team under Office of Naval Research sponsorship, with contributions from Alion Science and Technology; Intelligent Decision Systems, Inc.; the University of Central Florida; IDEAS; and the University of California, Los Angeles, National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing.

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