Visualization and Signature Technology (VAST) is a training system for handheld IED, UXO, & Mine detectors. VAST increases trainer efficiency and reduces the training burden by providing visual feedback on the key elements of handheld detector swing technique including the swing speed, swing path and coverage, and the detector search head height and angle relative to the ground. The visual display allows for a detailed analysis of a detector operator’s performance that can be used to enhance instruction and after-action review.
VAST Training provides visual feedback on detector swing by tracking the 3D position, speed and tilt angle of a detector search head. The system includes a small transmitter module that is attached to the shaft of any handheld detector and contains ultrasonic transmitters, an ultrasonic height sensor and a miniature inertial measurement unit. The transmitter emits ultrasonic pulses and communicates wirelessly with two tracking belts that contain ultrasonic receivers, which are placed on the edges of the training lane. The belts communicate over Bluetooth with an Android tablet that processes and visualizes detector trajectory information to the trainer.
The system paints the area covered by the search head and plots markers if the operator exceeds acceptable parameters for detector height, speed and tilt angle.
The VAST application allows users to add trainees and link visual feedback to a specific trainee for archival purposes.
Create and save templates of expert sweep search technique to use as visual aids to teach correct technique to novice operators.
VAST Training fits in a single handheld military case and can be packed/unpacked in a few minutes.
Each system component, excluding the tablet, is powered using disposable AA batteries.
Two operators can set up and start the system in under ten minutes.
VAST Training is designed to be compatible with a wide range of popular handheld detectors.
|Components||Two tracking belts, one transmitter for mounting on a detector, and one tablet|
|Android Tablet||Tablet model depends on product cycles of Android tablet manufacturers. See FAQs.|
|Tablet Accessories||Charging cable x 1|
|Tracking Length||1 - 14 m|
|Tracking Width||1 - 3 m|
|Positioning Accuracy||8 cm (detector head positioning)|
|Angular Accuracy||4 degrees|
|Positioning Rate||16 - 20 Hz|
|Carrying Weight||24 kg (including case)|
|Transmitter Weight||300 grams (with batteries)|
|Case Dimensions||62 cm (L) x 50 cm (W) x 32 cm (D)|
|Batteries for Controller/Belt||Standard AA batteries x 2|
|Batteries for Transmitter||Standard AA batteries x 2|
|Battery Life||9 hours continuous operation time (room temperature; N/A to Android Tablet)|
|Setup and Teardown Time||Under 10 minutes (2 users)|
|Wireless||2.4 GHz (FCC/EC compliance pending)|
|Acoustic||40 KHz, 200 KHz|
|Water and Dust Rating||IP 55 (N/A to Android tablet)|
|Operational Temperature||-20C | +49C (N/A to Android tablet)|
|Storage Temperature||-46C | +71C (N/A to Android tablet)|
Please contact us via email for a quote. In your request, please include the number of units your organization expects to purchase and shipping address. We provide quotes within 1-2 business days.
We may be able to arrange a no-cost demonstration or trial of VAST Training at your location. Please contact us if you are interested in arranging one. We are also happy to meet with users and customers at major Counter-IED/EOD military technology expos.
|System Version 3.0, 3.1||Edition 4.1|
We provide on-site one day training sessions. With large orders, a single training session will be provided free-of-charge. For further details about training please contact us.
For every deployed system, we provide two years no-cost phone and email technical support Monday – Friday, 9AM – 5PM Pacific Standard Time.
RLT provides a Limited Warranty for VAST Training devices (exluding Android tablets), and warrants every system to be free from defects in
materials and workmanship for a period of one year from the original date of delivery to the end user. During this period, we will promptly repair or replace,
at our option, any product that is defective in material or workmanship, without charge.
Our warranty does not cover defects or damage due to abuse, misuse, mishandling, or use other than specified in the user manual. Batteries must be removed from VAST Training units prior to prolonged storage. Damage from leaking batteries is not covered by the warranty.
The Android tablet included with the system is covered by the tablet manufacturer's warranty.
Is the U.S. Department of Defense involved in the development of VAST Training?
Yes, VAST Training is a joint R&D effort between Red Lotus Technologies and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory.
Does VAST Training track the detector search head?
Yes, it tracks the position of the detector search head.
Can VAST Training be used indoors?
Yes, the system can be used both indoors and outdoors.
Can one Android tablet monitor feedback from multiple systems?
Currently, the VAST Training Android application can only display feedback from a single VAST Training system.
Can VAST Training track more than one detector on a training lane?
The current version only supports one detector per training lane.
Can I use VAST Training with a tablet that I already own?
VAST is optimized for the tablet device included with the system. However, for sufficiently large orders, we can port the Android application to an Android tablet model of the customer's choosing (e.g. "ruggedized" Android tablet). Please contact us for further details.
What is the Android tablet that is included with the system?
We include a commercial off-the-shelf tablet with each VAST Training system. Therefore, the exact model included in an order will depend on the product release cycles of the major Android tablet manufacturers.
How can I upgrade the VAST Training Android App?
Customers will be notified by email when an upgrade is available. In order to upgrade, make sure that the tablet is connected to a WIFI network and select the upgrade option found in the App. A Google account is not required for upgrade.