SIMIGON FAQ

1. Where is SimiGon located?


The company's corporate office is in Orlando, FL, USA with R&D facilities in Orlando FL, and Herzliya Israel.


2. What is SimiGon's business concept?


SimiGon provides state-of-the-art development technologies for the training industry, teaming with leading training and simulation organizations worldwide. Under SimiGon’s Partnership Program (SPP) any organization can become a SIMCO (SIMbox Certified Organization) and utilize our advanced technologies to deliver advanced training solutions while reducing costs and development time and risk.


3. What are SIMCO requirements?


A SIMCO (SIMbox Certified Organization) is an organization with access to the end user and the right security classification. It must also hold or have access to the required knowledge for the relevant systems.


4. What are SIMCO benefits?


The ability to rapidly supply high quality training and simulation solutions for their customers.
As a Value Added Reseller (VAR), SIMCO revenue comes from content development and selling SIMbox licenses. The ROI for SIMCOs is fast and proven.


5. What are the available SIMCI (SIMbox Certified Individual) courses, and what is their length?


SimiGon Academy offers: Avionics Programming, Instructional System Design, Art work, and Terrain development, with each course lasting from one to three weeks.
The potential SIMCO should take only the relevant courses for its line of business.
SIMCOs are required to purchase the relevant SIMbox development tools and pay for the knowledge transfer.


6. How long will it take for us to develop our product?


This depends on the complexity of the specific aircraft or weapons system. Development of a weapons system such as an advanced Air to Ground missile takes SIMCOs 2-3 weeks. When developing new aircraft or weapon systems the SIMCO can reuse existing modules by modifying their parameters and attributes and significantly shorten the development time.


7. What's the difference between SIMbox and MS Flight Sim or Falcon 4.0?


MSFS and Falcon 4 are games. They have general, good fidelity, but are not accurate - extremely important when it comes to flight training. Inaccurate systems lead to negative training. For example, if the weapon system model is not accurate, the trainee will get used to a wrong operation, possibly leading to mission failure in the real execution. On the other hand, SIMbox integrates the real weapons systems into its training environment, enabling hi-fidelity, high quality training.
SIMbox is a comprehensive training solution - far more than a PC-based simulator. Integrating LMS, LCMS, and user friendly simulation and content tools in a client-server centralized application, SIMbox is the ultimate training environment while the above mentioned application has limited simulation capabilities.


8. What a/c platforms, weapons systems or avionic systems do you supply?


We can supply any a/c platform the client requires - many already exist in our database. The growing number of companies developing SIMbox content under the SPP provides a huge variety of available platforms, systems, and components.


9. What is the fidelity of SIMbox aircraft and weapon systems?


One of the advantages of SIMbox, is the capability to tailor the SIMbox to each customer or each program. The fidelity varies according to the requirement of each component. Built with an object oriented open architecture, SIMbox enables almost seamless integration with simulation components from the highest fidelity – both software and hardware.


10. Can you integrate with full scale simulators?


SIMbox is HLA compliant and FOM agile, enabling easy integration with external components such as full scale simulators.


11. How do you integrate with third party systems?


SIMbox was designed to be integrated with client’s existing training applications. A modular, open architecture system, successful integration examples are with mission planning systems such as PFPS in the USAF, integration with full-size simulators in Elbit, Lockheed Martin, and the integration of Rafael’s weapons external motion models into SIMbox.


12. How many SIMbox licenses do we need to run a mock-up sim using SIMbox?


Depends on the number of displays needed. It is a hardware limitation - a modern PC can run up to 4 screens if it's equipped with the proper video card. Divide the number of displays you need by 4 and you will get your answer.


13. What is SimiGon’s business terms following a SIMCO agreement?


Once the SIMCO delivers a project it only needs to pay SimiGon for the delivered software licenses. In addition, like any other software company we offer annual support and upgrade services (which are included in the first year).


14. What are SIMbox's system requirements?


SIMbox can run on stock workstations and laptops. Our recommended hardware for a system with a single display is a system with an Intel core2 CPU running at 1.86GHz or better, 4GB RAM, 250GB free disk space, and a modern video card such as the Nvidia GeForce 7950 with 512Mb memory. For systems running multiple displays, another video card is recommended.


15. Do you support DMT/HLA?


SIMbox has its own internal high performance DMT technology for working between SIMboxs. SIMbox is HLA compliant by the DOD, and we have done several integrations with other simulations using HLA, such as integration with a CAE full motion simulator.


16. What is SCORM?


SCORM = Sharable Content Object Reference Model. It is the US DoD and training industry standard IT format. Any SCORM compliant IT material opens seamlessly in other SCORM compliant software.


17.Describe the SIMCO process.


Most SIMCOs started with specific requirements and took only the necessary SIMCO course. All expanded the number of SIMCIs (SIMbox Certified Individuals) and their fields of proficiency after evaluating the benefits from the first project.


18. What is the source for SIMbox’s terrain data?


Terrain data is available from civilian sources and can be procured directly or received as Customer Furnished Information (CFI) from the customer.


19. What terrain formats do you support?


SIMbox uses the industry standard OpenFlight terrain format. Terrain databases can be created from standard geodata images, map and elevation data, as well as GIS data such as roads, Vertical Obstruction data, building outlines and more.


20. What is your terrain resolution?
SimiGon’s proprietary graphic engine is theoretically unlimited. SIMCOs worldwide are running terrains from 1KM/pixel down to 25CM/pixel.


21.What can we learn in the SIMCO course?


We can send you a detailed syllabus of the training but the courses are in Motion Model, Training Material (ISD), Marketing, Art and Terrain.


22. Can SIMbox work as a stand-alone machine?


Yes. Even though the system was designed to support a learning organization, SIMbox can be used as a stand-alone, with no limitations.


23. What is SIMbox Web Access and how does it work?


Web Access enables trainees to maintain contact with the organization, even when SIMbox is not installed on the user’s machine. It features organizational news, features, as well access to the organization’s Knowledge Center.