CGI Federal, an organization that collaborates with U.S. federal agencies to deliver mission-critical solutions in defense and diplomacy, has introduced metaverse technology into its service offerings. This announcement follows the successful execution of a pilot test conducted within a virtual environment.
In collaboration with Microsoft and the game studio Battle Road Digital, CGI Federal transformed the Marine Corps Platform Integration Center (MCPIC) — which plays a pivotal role in digitally tracking mission-critical equipment through digital tagging — into a virtual replica.
This undertaking occurred under the supervision of the Blount Island S6, using Blount Island facilities for testing.
The test involved the creation of digital twins — virtual representations of physical assets — within a simulated world environment to replicate logistics and asset management systems.
The outcome of this test has resulted in several advantages, including improved visualization, real-time monitoring, enhanced simulation capabilities, and the application of predictive analytics. These enhancements are expected to bolster training and educational initiatives while simultaneously increasing operational efficiency.
Furthermore, this development promises to be a valuable asset in federal disaster response efforts, facilitating well-informed decision-making and optimized resource allocation.
Horace Blackman, CGI’s Senior Vice-President for Defense, Intelligence, and Space, emphasized the potential of this venture, stating, “We believe that the combined power of the Metaverse and military logistics systems will revolutionize the way defense organizations train, strategize, and prepare for future challenges, and set the bar for other federal agencies.”
While this represents one of the initial trials of metaverse applications within the military sector, Microsoft has been actively developing new applications. In 2022, the company unveiled Project AirSim, a platform harnessing the metaverse’s capabilities to safely facilitate the training and testing of autonomous flight.