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The simulation field is one of the realms being developed in fifth gear in many industries, especially the security one. The young up-and-coming 3DOR (3D Operations Research), which is participating in the iHLS Security Accelerator, may very well revolutionize this new and intriguing subject.
“We developed a simulation engine that takes into account many variables and data and can simulate, within seconds, how a system that wasn’t tried in the field yet would operate” explained Ilan Grinberg, Chief Development Officer in the company. A concrete example would be instead of going out and hosting expensive tests with an already-built system made for active defense, which calls for tremendous amounts of space, time and resources, one can calculate the odds of a successful interception on the computer, in which scenario will the system fail to intercept – and also, analyse why it had failed and examine ways to improve the system. “The unique traits of our system”, said CTO, Oren Cohen, “are its calculation speed, flexibility and ability to analyze to the highest resolution”.
The speed means that within seconds a large number of scenarios is calculated in a logic and visible manner. In addition, as Oren stated the system is flexible – every project adds more capabilities to the simulation. In fact, after every project, the company will have additional software models, required in order to operate more rapidly the next project.
“Today, a new simulation system is developed for testing the probability of success of almost every defense system. Our technological target as a company is to build a generic infrastructure that would conform a wide range of fields, and achieve a large pool of software models so that for the simulation of a new system – we will already have most of the required software capabilities for a rapid testing. This will mean that precise answers can be obtained already in a very early stage of the development” said the company’s CEO, Amir Fishman.
The last (and some say the most important) point is the ability to take small details in to account. This point deserves to be highlighted – a large amount of variables can be changed within several seconds. If, for example, the aforementioned defense system failed a test, the developers would have to go back to the drawing board, try and decipher what caused the dysfunction, create a solution, go through more days of testing, fail (without any knowledge what in fact were their chances of succeeding), go back to the planning, have more testing days and so on, until the optimal solution is achieved.
With 3DOR’s development, this whole procedure is reduced. All that’s needed is “feeding” the system with the threats data, as well as the data of the system under development, and checking the percentage of successful scenarios. If it’s not effective enough you can “mend” the data in order to find the best balance and then create the actual system accordingly and test it. A procedure that would take months, and even years – shrunk to a short period of time.
The system is also possible for use in other fields: “we can also examine assault systems, passive defense, sensors and numerous other developments” said Fishman.
About the future of the company and where it’s going to be a few years from today there are of course no certain answers, but it’s clear where it’s headed: ” Our aim is to supply the customer with advanced simulation and operations research capabilities from the earliest possible stage of the project, already at the concept definition stage, and accompany the development process until the optimization and the formulation of the operation logic for the final product. Advanced simulation capabilities at hand will shorten the planning process, save testing and development costs, and bring to market a better product within a shorter period of time and with lower costs”.