Ar­gon’s re­motely man­aged CBRN sim­u­la­tion ex­er­cise


Ar­gon Elec­tron­ics has cut it­self a niche in the devel­op­ment and man­u­fac­ture of haz­ardous ma­te­rial de­tec­tion sim­u­la­tors, most notably in the fields of mil­i­tary chem­i­cal, bi­o­log­i­cal, ra­di­o­log­i­cal and nu­clear (CBRN) de­fence. The com­pany’s sim­u­la­tors also have ap­pli­ca­tions in civil de­fence mar­ket.

At this year’s IITSEC event, the com­pany is set to launch a sys­tem for re­motely man­ag­ing CBRN and Haz­Mat sim­u­la­tion ex­er­cises. Called PlumeSIM, the new sys­tem has been devel­oped for use by mil­i­tary and first re­spon­der train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions as well as in­dus­trial con­cerns such as those re­spon­si­ble for nu­clear power gen­er­a­tion. It en­ables a sin­gle in­struc­tor to con­fig­ure sim­u­lated chem­i­cal and ra­di­o­log­i­cal re­leases across a wide area, and then to mon­i­tor and man­age mul­ti­ple trainees in real time from a cen­tral lo­ca­tion.

The sys­tem al­lows vir­tual dis­per­sal plumes and hot spots to be set up quickly and sim­ply. There are mul­ti­ple sce­nario op­tions in­clud­ing the type of threat, the point of re­lease or de­liv­ery mech­a­nism from sin­gle or mul­ti­ple sources, and a full range of con­stant or chang­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions such as wind strength and di­rec­tion and pre­cip­i­ta­tion. Per­sis­tency, de­po­si­tion, time of re­lease or det­o­na­tion can also be con­trolled by the in­struc­tor.

Able to op­er­ate as part of a desk-top train­ing ex­er­cise or in the field, it is thought that PlumeSIM will at­tract in­ter­est from the in­te­gra­tors of live train­ing sys­tems that want to add re­al­ism to their train­ing ex­er­cises.

The ex­er­cise area can also be con­fig­ured, us­ing stan­dard maps or hand-drawn sketches of the train­ing area. Once con­fig­ured, all ex­er­cises can be saved for fu­ture use and re­vi­sion. Th­ese can be run in ei­ther a class­room en­vi­ron­ment for ta­ble top ex­er­cises, with trainees us­ing stan­dard gamepad con­trollers to ma­nip­u­late their posi- tions on-screen with ac­tual sim­u­la­tors re­spond­ing ac­cord­ing to the sim­u­lated threat, or as a field based train­ing sys­tem.

The com­pany says that PlumeSIM is a mod­u­lar sys­tem, so can be up­graded as re­quired, and is de­signed for use with all sim­u­la­tion in­stru­ments from Ar­gon.

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