Software product shot of visual feedback on tablet


Finding IEDs with a handheld detector is a critical skill for a soldier. However, training time, training lanes, and expert instructors for teaching this skill are limited in supply. VAST (Visualization and Signature Technology) provides easy-to-use visual feedback to improve the quality of instruction available to your C-IED force.

Visualize errors.
Spend time teaching.

VAST shows you when students make errors. These visuals also convince your students to improve. Let VAST detect mistakes and do the convincing, while you focus on teaching.

Visual feedback showing the different types of errors that are detected using VAST. Examples include gapping, sweeping too fast and height violations.

VAST visual feedback from a student compared to an expert. Demonstrates the value of expert templates generated using VAST for teaching purposes

Teach with templates.
Show them how it's done.

Use VAST to store visual templates of expert performance. With expert templates, you can show your students what's right instead of explaining it to them.

Deploy instantly.
No sweat, no fuss.

VAST fits in a suitcase. It requires no special training and you can set it up in a few minutes. Focus on teaching, not logistics.

VAST carrying case to demonstrate portability

VAST rover mounted on three different detectors to show that VAST is compatible with all handheld detectors

Meet the need.
Train how you want.

Training your force on different handheld detectors? Not a problem, VAST is detector agnostic. Training a few hours before deployment? VAST works indoors and outdoors. Adapt VAST to your training needs, not the other way around.

Product specifications

VAST rover mounted on three different detectors to show that VAST is compatible with all handheld detectors
VAST 30 VAST 50 VAST 100
Components Two tracking belts, one transmitter for mounting on a detector, and one tablet
Lane tracking dimensions (w x l) 10 x 30ft 10 x 50ft 10 x 100ft
Carrying weight Pending Pending Pending
Weight added to detector ~200 grams
Carrying case dimensions (w x l x d) 26.00" x 20.00" x 10.00"
Batteries Li-Ion Rechargeable (country-specific chargers provided)
Battery life 8 hours continuous operation time
Display screen size 10.1 inch
Operating temperature range -30 to 80 °C
Humidity 0 to 90%
Rain Resistant to rain, water spray, or dripping water (MIL-STD-810G)
Dust Resistant to dry blowing sand or blowing dust-laden atmospheres (MIL-STD-810G)
Vibration and shock Can withstand shocks and vibration encountered in handling and transportation (MIL-STD-810G)

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2672 Bayshore Parkway, Suite 820, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA

Frequently asked questions

What does VAST consist of?
– Two belts that you place on either side of a training lane.
– One transmitter unit that you mount on the shaft of a handheld detector.
– One tablet that provides visual feedback.

How much does VAST cost?
If you are interested in purchasing VAST, please contact us for a quote.

Is VAST available outside the United States?
If your organization is based outside the United States and would like to use VAST, please contact us.

When will VAST be ready for purchase?
We expect to have commercial versions ready by Summer 2015.

Who supports the development of VAST?
VAST is a joint effort between Red Lotus Technologies, Army Research Laboratory (READS program), and the Joint IED Defeat Organization.

Does VAST track the detector search head?
Yes, it tracks the position of the detector search head.

How precisely can VAST track the position of the detector search head?
VAST has sub-cm 3D positioning precision.

Can I use VAST indoors?
Yes, indoors and outdoors.

Can I use VAST with a physical object that resembles a handheld detector?
Yes, the system works independently of the object it is tracking.

Can VAST track more than one detector on a training lane?
The current version only supports one detector per training lane.

Can I use VAST with a tablet that I already own?
VAST is optimized for the tablet device included with the system.

Can I visualize feedback from multiple VAST units on one tablet?
Yes, one tablet device can connect to four VAST units.


Lahiru Jayatilaka, Software engineer and founder

Lahiru Jayatilaka, Software engineer and founder
Lahiru is responsible for software and UI development at Red Lotus. He has a B.A. in Computer Science from Harvard University, where he received the Hoopes Prize for his research work on visual support systems for humanitarian demining. Lahiru was a Phd. Candidate in Computer Science at Stanford before leaving the program to start Red Lotus in 2012.

Matthew Can, Systems engineer and founder

Matthew Can, Systems engineer and founder
Matt focuses on machine learning and embedded systems engineering. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a B.A. in Computer Science. Matt was a Phd. Candidate in Stanford's PhD program in Computer Science before leaving the program in 2013 to co-found Red Lotus.

Brian Baumgartner, Mechanical engineer

Brian Baumgartner, Hardware engineer
Brian is responsible for product design and for managing manufacturing operations at Red Lotus. Brian graduated from U.C. San Diego with a B.S. in Physics. Prior to Red Lotus, Brian spent time engineering robots for the Arctic seas and developing biomedical instrumentation systems.

Humaira Saya, Office Manager

Humaira Saya, Office Manager
Humaira manages Red Lotus's accounting and administrative systems with a special focus on DCAA compliance. She has a B.S. in Business Administration from San Jose State University and over eight years of accounting experience.