MTI Develops Landmark ViPER Mission Planning Application Under DoD SBIR Program
Park City, UT – Park City based Monterey Technologies, Inc.’s (MTI) mission planning application, Visual Planning, Execution and Review (ViPER), has been featured as a Department of Defense Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) success story.
ViPER is an adaptable toolset that enables planners to pull together information from distributed sources, integrate all considerations in a single application, and rapidly transition from sketching to execution.
MTI is a Human Factors Engineering and Human-System Integration engineering firm that develops software and applications that make complex processes and equipment more usable and effective. MTI’s flagship ViPER application seamlessly coordinates and compiles complex data points into a visual plan for executing missions. The results – ViPER provides mission planners with a tool that reduces planning time and human error, displays complex data in a single file, and allows for rapid adjustments.
“MTI’s ViPER mission planning tool automates that largely manual process, allowing geographically disparate planning teams to collaboratively plan together in an electronic map, generate multiple “what-if” scenarios, enter critical data only once, and automatically generate all of the required planning products, saving planning teams hours to days of time, and perhaps more important, allowing those teams to focus their brainpower on generating higher quality plans rather than spending their time manually producing the required planning products,” states Robert Chamberlain, the Chairman and owner of Monterey Technologies, Inc.
MTI developed ViPER as part of a research and development contract from the Department of Defense SBIR program. The SBIR program is a United States Government program, coordinated by the Small Business Administration intended to help small businesses conduct research and development.
“The Federal Government’s SBIR program is likely one of the most successful Federal programs we have seen. The DoD SBIR program provides an over 20 to 1 return on investment for taxpayer dollars invested,” states Chamberlain.
The Department of Defense periodically reviews SBIR projects and selects companies to highlight as success stories. MTI was profiled as one such success story in the first quarter of 2020. The Department of Defense Office of Publication and Security Review released an article titled “ViPER – Monterey Technologies’ Visual Planning, Execution and Review Software Lets Military and Commercial Planners Execute Complex Missions on the Fly” (view full article).
“I believe in the SBIR program,” states Bryan Ramsay, Deputy Program Manager for Science and Technology Project Management Activity 281, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). “If we had tried to do this through a regular acquisition process, it would have cost much more money.”
While developed for Military and Defense use, the ViPER mission planning application has use cases that span public and private sectors.
Within the military sector ViPER simplifies the planning process of deploying personnel, resources, and assets for complex missions. In the commercial sector
ViPER can be utilized in disaster relief campaigns, for first responder initiatives, and for fleet and asset management.
“MTI’s ViPER mission planning tool automates that largely manual process, allowing geographically disparate planning teams to collaboratively plan together in an electronic map, generate multiple “what-if” scenarios, enter critical data only once, and automatically generate all of the required planning products, saving planning teams hours to days of time, and perhaps more important, allowing those teams to focus their brainpower on generating higher quality plans rather than spending their time manually producing the required planning products,” states Chamberlain.
Within the military space ViPER simplifies the planning process of deploying personnel, resources, and assets for complex missions. ViPER can visualize all of the geographic and time-based constraints. It shares information digitally and automatically. It outputs flowcharts and messages, uses a plans database (routes, maps), helps define routes, performs calculations for tactical decisions, consults weather forecasts, and exports data, including screenshots and orders, and schedules of events in a small, readable file. It also prints the plan, significantly reducing the time between the Commander’s order to execute a new plan and the executive order to follow it.
“ViPER provided us with a single tool that enables electronic planning across multiple different platforms, does the coordination, and synchronizes data and messages in real time,” states Ramsay.
The private sector and non-military use applications for ViPER are extensive.
“There are significant non-military applications for the general ViPER product. For example, international relief efforts, like in Haiti, where a team must plan for multiple types of assets over time, determine who needs what, when they need it, where supplies are, where they need to be, how to get them there, and what the priority is for delivery,” states Chamberlain. “And wildfire response, like the 2017 and 2018 massive California wildfires. This is a situation where there needs to be a huge coordination effort. ViPER does exactly that.”
ViPER is currently integrated into all Navy submarines. With its potential to significantly reduce planning time, increase efficiency, and reduce errors, ViPER is poised to help all military planning, disaster and first responder planning, and any operation that requires timely and strategic deployment of personnel and assets.
“MTI’s goal has always been to shift users from being human data integrators to being decision-makers. Our ViPER mission planning tool specifically achieves this by automating the mundane, tedious planning processes currently in place, allowing planning teams in multiple domains to create high-quality dynamic plans and then to work with operators to execute plans, providing the capability to compare the plan to actual events, and re-plan on the fly to update plans based on unfolding events in real time,” states Chamberlain.
More information about MTI and ViPER is available online at www.montereytechnologies.com.
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Based in Park City, Utah, with staff supporting clients throughout the U.S., MTI is a human-centered analysis, design, and ergonomics firm that believes technology should be developed to serve the needs of the human user. Current clients include the military, defense contractors, and the commercial sector. Visit www.montereytechnologies.com to learn more.