In this issue:
- Autumn Newsletter from Alelo
- Training & Tunes Arrive at a Headset Near You!
- Operational Desktop Goes Global
- DanskSimulatoren: VIFIN Contract
- On the Pages of MT2!: Alelo Garnered Another Mod-Sim Award
- FITE Demonstration Success!
- Trainee Testimonials
- Events on the Alelo Calendar
Autumn 2010 Newsletter
As the seasons change around the world, we thought it appropriate to highlight the learning and growth potential realized with Alelo's most recent product enhancements and developments.
Alelo courses now cover instruction in eight languages and over thirteen cultures. Recently, we have developed a mobile training program for the British military, are premiering an Operational Desktop with the Australian Defence Force, and are working with a Danish partner, Videnscenter for Integration, to develop an immersive game for learning Danish language and culture.
While our geographical focus has expanded, we are still paying attention to the needs of U.S. service members. MT2 has recognized Alelo's work both in the U.S. and abroad in training and simulation for military applications.
Read on for more details about this exciting news and to learn more about our upcoming events and presentations. At the rate of Alelo's international growth, we will undoubtedly make it around the globe to a town near you.
We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event. In the meantime, enjoy this e-newsletter and have a warm and productive autumn!
Training & Tunes Arrive at a Headset Near You!
iTunes Store Releases
Alelo released Op Pashto and Op Dari in the iTunes App Store this month. These apps are designed for use by service members worldwide. They feature task-based language and cultural training content to promote "anytime, anywhere" learning.
For a preview of these apps, check out the free Operational PashtoPreview. The Preview app is a sampling of lessons including basic greetings, introductions and gestures commonly used in Pashto speaking areas Afghanistan.
Alelo's Operational Language and Culture is also available in the iTunes App Store. This app is free for use across the U.S. Military. It is a learning portal to the Operational Language and Culture training courses in Dari, Pashto, Arabic and French.
All of Alelo's apps are compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
British Army has Distributed iPods to British Soldiers
British Army trainers in Afghanistan are using Alelo products to train troops in language and culture. Alelo's Operational Dari and Operational Pashto courses, running on Apple iPod touch devices, are en route to theater for use by troops deployed for Operation Herrick in Afghanistan. Alelo's desktop system is also being used for training in theatre.
Operational Desktop Goes Global
Alelo debuted Operational Desktop with the Australian Defence Force at the Land Warfare Conference in Brisbane, Australia this month. Operational Desktop expands the capabilities of Alelo's extensively-used language and culture training tools and capabilities with a larger range of operating systems. It offers the ability to present multiple language courses within a singularly installed program and a tailored course of instruction with expanded content.
The release of Operational Desktop demonstrates Alelo's commitment to deliver the most advanced and highest quality language and culture training "anytime, anywhere" to trainees whose missions may depend on it.
DanskSimulatoren: VIFIN Contract
Alelo's Danish partner, Videnscenter for Integration (VIFIN) has won a contract from the Danish government to develop an immersive game for learning Danish language and culture, using Alelo technology.
VIFIN will send a team to Alelo to learn more about our tools and methods and discuss future collaborations. The "Danish Simulator" is a PC-based 3D virtual universe, where a foreign language student learns Danish and Danish culture. The student interacts with virtual Danish communities and solves specific tasks in various learning scenarios relevant to cultural knowledge helpful to students and civilians immigrating to Denmark. The program reduces the need for teacher assistance and focuses on individual students' needs and training opportunities to maximize the effectiveness of the learning process.
On the Pages of MT2!: Alelo Garnered Another Mod-Sim Award
Military Training Technology Magazine (MT2) honored Alelo in September, featuring us on the list of Top Training and Simulation Companies for 2010. Alelo was recognized for its contributions to the fields of Distributed Learning, Language Training and Serious Games.
MT2 Magazine honors companies from around the world that have made a significant impact on the military training industry across the spectrum of technologies and services. These companies' products and services allow U.S. Airmen, Marines, Sailors, Soldiers and Coast Guardsmen to train and rehearse for missions in theater, or to prepare for deployment at home stations.
An impartial panel selects winners from a competitive group; Companies are judged based on various criteria such as total military sales volume, innovation and program effectiveness. Alelo is proud to be distinguished with this honor for continuing efforts to offer quality-training products to service personnel.
FITE Demonstration Success!
This October, Alelo successfully contributed to the Future Immersive Training Environment (FITE) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration at the Marine Corps Base in Camp Pendleton, California with the
development of a virtual human integrated into the Infantry Immersion Trainer (IIT), a mixed reality environment. Utilizing this technology, service members conversed in Pashto with Parsa, a projected character within a room that models an Afghan village dwelling. Simulating real-life combat situations through virtual reality, service members were challenged to practically apply the skills they acquired through the Operational Language and Culture Training Systems (OLCTS) Pashto course to perform in actual conditions. This demonstration was funded with support from Joint Forces Command (JFCOM), Program Manager for Training Systems (PM TRASYS), Office of Naval Research (ONR), Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration (DARPA), and Lockheed Martin.
Using the Virtual Role-Player (VRP) plug-in for VBS2, Alelo created the technology to integrate a VRP into the mixed reality environment for FITE. Among other improvements to enhance VRP reality simulation, Alelo implemented continuous speech recognition eliminating the need to signal the start and stop of speech input, created new speech recognition models to better perform in the acoustics of an IIT room, and modified the visual elements of the desktop VRP interface.
This dynamic experiment successfully demonstrated that the OLCTS concept of "anytime, anywhere" training works in yet another training environment. Marines can indeed learn Pashto for a given mission using the OLCTS system and then apply that training in VRP to test their skills in mission. The experiment also showed that the mixed-reality variant of VRP developed for FITE performs as envisioned--both native Pashtuns and Marines with Pashto language training can have conversations with the character within the mission scope. The success of this demonstration further advances Alelo's efforts to develop and distribute technologically advanced products in varied formats to meet a diverse set of training needs.
The Pashto app is a prime program for someone who is interested in learning the language and talking with the people. To top it off, it’s mobile. You can’t really beat a program like this!
--Retired US Marine
The program is great! I've tried at least four or five different language training software programs, and Tactical Language Pashto is by far the most interesting and useful one so far. Thanks for your help, and for your company’s efforts to support our soldiers in uniform.
--1LT, USA FORSCOM
I found your Iraqi Arabic program to be excellent and one of the reasons why my communication skills were effectively utilized with great success in conducting civil affairs assessments and interacting among leaders and villagers in Iraq. Kudos!
-- SSG, C/404th CA BN (ABN), Fort Dix, NJ
Events on the Alelo calendar
Alelo has several public events coming up in the near future. Join us at an event near you!
- November 29-December 2, 2010: I/ITSEC 2010 in Orlando, FL (Booth #712).
For more info: www.iitsec.org
- Virtual Culture Awareness Trainer (VCAT) Courses
- Operational Language and Culture Training System - Users Demo
- Multi-Platform Training Solutions - Anywhere, Anytime Training
- Virtual Role-Players - Small Unit Training
- Handheld App Demo
- Informal Demonstrations
- Hospitality Event(s)