Microsoft announced last Wednesday (31) that it won a bid to sell the US Army augmented reality (AR) headsets based on its HoloLens and that they will also use Azure cloud computing services. The supply contract can reach US $ 21.8 billion in 10 years.
In the past two years, Microsoft has worked with the Army in the prototyping phase than in a project called the “Integrated Visual Augmentation System” (IVAS). Yesterday, the company stated that the Army had entered the production phase of the project. In addition, the headphones will be manufactured in the United States, according to a spokesman for the Redmond company.
How the device will work
On the official Microsoft blog, Brazilian Alex Kipman explained that IVAS will offer a platform that will keep soldiers safer and make them more effective.
“The program offers greater situational awareness, allowing information sharing and decision-making in a variety of settings. Microsoft has worked closely with the U.S. Army for the past two years and together we have pioneered” Centered Design no Soldier “to allow rapid prototyping of a product to provide soldiers with the tools and resources necessary to fulfill their mission.
We appreciate the partnership with the United States Army and we are grateful for your continued confidence in the transition from IVAS from rapid prototyping to rapid field. We look forward to building this successful partnership with the men and women of the US Army’s Close Combat Force. “
Protests and JEDI
In 2018, Microsoft announced a $ 480 million contract with the U.S. Army to supply prototypes of AR headsets. At the time, at least 94 workers asked the company to cancel the business and stop developing “any and all weapon technology”.
Also on Wednesday, that same group of workers said on Twitter: “We would much rather have Microsoft use today to defend transgender people everywhere on Transgender Visibility Day, rather than building weapons of war. “
Last year, Microsoft was also on the verge of winning the $ 10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract with the Pentagon. However, the bidding remains in dispute, as Amazon Web Services is legally contesting the competition decision, alleging political interference by then President Donald Trump. Last February, Pentagon officials told U.S. lawmakers that the Department of Defense could drop the contract if the dispute remains in court.
With information from the Official Microsoft Blog
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