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Budget Simulators

Manufacturers are finding ways to create better use-of-force simulators at lower costs.

April 19, 2011  |  by Tim Dees - Also by this author


Ti Training uses state-of-the-art high-res cameras to produce vivid and realistic scenarios for its system.

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Where other vendors emphasize high-end components and dedicated simulated weapons for use with their simulators, Ti Training focuses on the production quality of its scenarios. "We utilize state-of-the-art, high-res, high-speed cameras to capture and create impactful training scenarios, says Joe Mason from Ti Training. "The same camera system is being used on major Hollywood films to capture amazingly detailed images for the big screen. We use only professional stunt-performers, pyrotechnic engineers, and ultra-realistic weapons."

Scenarios are filmed using green screen technology, which allows the producer to insert any backdrop-even one that might be impossible to film in place-behind the actors. All scenarios are reviewed by a panel of law enforcement trainers to ensure that the training objectives are met, and that the student can fight through the situation and win.

Ti Training has two simulator packages, intended for agencies of 20 to 50 officers and for those with 50-plus officers. The lower-end package was developed in cooperation with the Rural Law Enforcement Technology Center (RULETC). This NIJ-sponsored agency assists small departments in acquiring technology that is usually reserved for larger, well-funded outfits. That system sells for $19,950. The more advanced system is priced at $42,000, which is less expensive than most other use-of-force simulator packages. Both systems are intended to be portable and ship in heavy-duty storm cases.

Economy is achieved by supplying drop-in laser emitters for use in the agency's weapons, although dedicated training firearms are available. The lower-end system also omits the editing software to produce homegrown scenarios. Mason said this wasn't a problem for most agencies, as it is far more common for customers to contract back to Ti Training for the development of a custom scenario than for the customer to produce their own.

Another hallmark of Ti Training's scenarios is the use of 3-D technology for 50 to 60 of the scenarios they have produced in the last year. There are several ways of producing 3-D movies. The simplest, called anaglyph, requires the viewer to wear glasses with different colored lenses, usually red and blue. Polarized glasses, like those used in most theater 3-D productions, don't work well if the wearer turns his head away from the screen. The third method, used in most 3-D home theater setups, uses powered shutter glasses that obscure the view from alternate lenses 60 to 120 times each second. This method isn't affected by viewing angle, and is the one Ti Training uses. Each system ships with two pairs of shutter glasses. The 3-D scenarios can be run in 2-D, if desired.

Tim Dees writes and consults on technology applications in criminal justice. He is a retired police officer and the former editor of two major law enforcement Websites who serves on the executive board of the Public Safety Writers Association  He can be reached at editor@PoliceMag.com.

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Comments (3)

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Wendy LW @ 11/6/2011 3:51 PM

Concise and to the point. Excelllent. Thank you.

Chuck Ruggiero @ 1/15/2014 8:31 AM

The link to Ti Training Systems which appears in the article about their simultor products, takes you to the homepage of the Asp Company, asp-net.com. Could you please provide a working link to the Ti Training Company?

DoctorBob @ 12/24/2015 11:08 AM

We are a pistol club with 1,300 members and are looking for a training, education and practice virtual range system with self defense scenarios. has anyone had experience with a simulator in this venue?

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