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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 system components. Includes a transmitter, two controllers with tracking belts
              and a tablet

How It Works

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.

Product shot of VAST Training transmitter and belts


1. Visualize Errors

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.

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

2. Archive Training Data

The VAST application allows users to add trainees and link visual feedback to a specific trainee for archival purposes.

Screenshot showing adding trainees to application

3. Expert Templates For Instruction

Create and save templates of expert sweep search technique to use as visual aids to teach correct technique to novice operators.

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

4. Portable

VAST Training fits in a single handheld military case and can be packed/unpacked in a few minutes.

VAST carrying case to demonstrate portability

5. Battery Powered

Each system component, excluding the tablet, is powered using disposable AA batteries.

AA batteries

6. Quick Setup

Two operators can set up and start the system in under ten minutes.

VAST setup procedure of unrolling belts along edge of training lane.

7. Detector Agnostic

VAST Training is designed to be compatible with a wide range of popular handheld detectors.

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

Product Specifications

VAST rover mounted on three different detectors to show that
			VAST is compatible with all 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)
*Tracking accuracy depends on precision of belt alignment, ground slope, and other setup conditions.
*Tracking accuracy may be adversely affected by turbulent winds or high frequency background noise sources such as engines and motors.


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.

Training and After-Sales Support

Electronic Manual

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.