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Novatech and Babcock team up on military driver training

Portsmouth based IT firm Novatech, has joined forces with Babcock International Group (Babcock) to spearhead advances in military driver training through state-of-the-art simulation technology.

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The collaboration marks a significant commitment to developing scalable, high-tech training environments focused on enhancing the user experience and achieving rapid competency.  

David Furby, CEO of Novatech, who founded the business 35 years ago, said: "This partnership with Babcock and other key collaborators such as Cranfield University and VRAI represents a pivotal moment for Novatech as we blend cutting-edge technology with transformative educational practices for the military.

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“Together, we are setting new benchmarks in military training that promise enhanced safety and effectiveness."

This sentiment was reinforced by Jo Rayson, Managing Director of Babcock’s training business, who said: “We are not tied to any one solution or approach. We are focused on finding the right answers, using the right technology and harnessing it for greatest impact at the lowest cost.”

Niall Campion, Managing Director for Product & Customers at VRAI, said: “At VRAI, we believe that data is the untapped resource in simulation training and have developed HEAT to turn this resource into actionable insights.  

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“We are delighted to be able to work with Novatech to bring this pioneering technology to driver training. By capturing structured training data, the project team will not only be able to assess individual trainee performance but also that of the simulator in general, providing objective, actionable insights when considering the potential future impact of the research.”  

There is also an emphasis on the development of scalable simulation training environments that not only replicate real-world scenarios but also enhance learning retention and skills applicability.

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