Vids Corp

PROJECT ORIGIN

FORT BENNING SOLDIER OPERATIONAL EXPERIMENT

PROJECT FACTS

FORT BENNING SOLDIER OPERATIONAL EXPERIMENT

FT. BENNING, GEORGIA

TWO WEEKS

CONTENT CREATION

Since 2017, VIDS Corp has worked to develop a process that takes complex subject matter and gives it new life as exciting, interesting and easy to process material. Our mission is to help generate awareness and understanding towards government programs, projects and events that may otherwise be overlooked. We firmly believe that next generation technology is the future of not only the warfighter, but of government objectives as a whole.

2020 was a notable year for the VIDS Corp team, as it was the first real opportunity to work closely with Project Origin. This technology demonstrator program from the Ground Vehicle System Center (GVSC) was put to the test in Fort Banning, Georgia while VIDS Corp had the chance to witness and capture how programs are directly driven by soldier feedback. Here, we portrayed a glimpse of what the future of our warfighters might one day look like.

FT. BENNING SOLDIER OPERATIONAL EXPERIMENT PROJECT OVERVIEW VIDEO

PROJECT ORIGIN 2020 YEAR IN REVIEW OVERVIEW VIDEO

ABOUT PROJECT ORIGIN

FT. BENNING, GA SOLDIER OPERATIONAL EXPERIMENT (SOE)

Home to one of the U.S. Army’s premier training centers, this facility supported both the Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV) and Small Mission Equipment Transport (SMET) programs from GVSC. During the 2020 Soldier Operational Experiment (SOE), Project ORIGIN was put to the test in various combat scenarios alongside soldiers from A Company, 1-28th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division. These soldiers were tasked with providing feedback to US Army engineers and technicians who utilize the information to further develop capabilities that might be useful in future mission sets.

Alongside soldiers and the Project ORIGIN team, the Ground Vehicle System Center (GVSC) and Army Capabilities Manager-Infantry (ACM-I) teams assisted on Fort Benning grounds with the multi-week experiment to determine the potential value a RCV platform can provide to soldiers in combat scenarios. Todd Willert, Program Manager of Project ORIGIN, was a key point of contact throughout the entire event. Willert shared his perspective with VIDS Corp in an interview, stating:

“Origin is a sensor platform. It’s a telepresence. It’s not a soldier, it’s not as good as a soldier, never will be as good as a soldier, but it gives the soldier an added ability to read the train and detect threats…”

Playing into the theme of threat detection, soldiers tested each of these ORIGIN subsystems during the Ft. Benning SOE:

  • Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)
  • Modular Smoke Obscuration Module (SOM)
  • Commonly Remote Operated Weapon System (CROWs)
  • Equipped with M240 Machine Gun and FGM-148 Javelin
  • Counter-UAS Jammer
  • Autonomous drive functions integrated with the Warfighter Machine Interface (WMI)
  • Robotic Technology Kernel (RTK)

Along side testing subsystems and various different environmental testing conditions, the Project ORIGIN platform was being put in the hands of the individuals that the US Army needs feedback from the most – our warfighters.

VIDS CORP INVOLVEMENT

VIDS Corp’s process for this event began as we begin all of our events – by asking questions. consulting with project managers, engineers, support staff, etc. takes first priority for VIDS Corp when arriving to a new event site. Understanding where we can and cannot be occupied by personnel, what can and cannot be filmed, and what the focus of the event is are all taken into consideration during this process.

Once all of the established parameters have been met, VIDS Corp focused on maintaining a low level presence during day-to-day operations to best capture the assigned mission sets. As an integrated part of the mission, VIDS Corp was given minimally restricted access to all aspects of the operation including in field operations, after action reports, and briefs on an as needed basis.

VIDS Corp utilized BlackMagic Pocket Cimena 4k, Diety Wireless Microphone, Thermal and night vision cameras, multi-axis gimbals, and other industry leading setups in order to seamlessly pass between in-field activities and stationary interview settings. This led to a wide variety of camera angles and unique approaches to coverage that hadn’t been seen before from a GVSC program event.

EVENT
CONCLUSION

Being fully immersed within the unit allowed VIDS Corp to successfully capture all mission sets, scenarios and situational environments through photo and video highlights to show the real world utilization of the Project ORIGIN MUTT (Multi-Utility Tactical Transport) robotic platform. VIDS Corp embedded itself throughout the course of the SOE with BlueFor and OpFor soldiers for several missions, giving wildly unique perspectives that had not been captured prior to VIDS Corp’s involvement.

VIDS Corp completed two different video deliverables, as well as multiple photos to emphasize how successful and necessary this program is for the future of the RCV program and the way soldiers make contact on the battlefield moving forward. Being able to shine a light on Project ORIGIN being a continuously low cost, high reward program is crucial to the future of not only the program, but of our warfighters and their fielded equipment.

In our unwavering dedication to combating veteran suicide, VIDS Corp has forged a meaningful partnership with the Brothers Keeper Veteran Foundation. Together, we strive to eradicate the stigma surrounding veteran mental health and work towards reducing the alarming “22 a day” statistic to zero. If you wish to contribute to this vital cause or gain further insights into the non-profit, we invite you to explore more at www.bkvf.org. Your support can make a significant difference.

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