Published on Wednesday, 02 November 2011
The Army OneSource Virtual World, a community hub built for soldiers to use to connect with family
and friends from anywhere around the world in an interactive 3D virtual environment, is based on Unity.
|The launch of the virtual hub marks the first time the Unity engine and development tools were deployed in the creation of a large scale government MMO project after being granted Certificate of Networthiness credentials from the United States Army in 2011. With the Unity Web Player, the Army OneSource Virtual World is intended to provide a secure social environment for soldiers while at home or abroad.|
|The virtual campus is divided into several sections including a community park, training centres, and areas designed to help strengthen the emotional, family, spiritual, social and physical resiliency of soldiers and their friends and relatives while encouraging a feeling of community and collaboration among Army families with shared experiences. DefenseWeb was able to create a virtual Unity-based environment where soldiers can connect with their families to share a walk on the beach, take an online seminar or confide in their spiritual mentors when physical distance separates them from their communities.|
|DefenseWeb Technologies provides software for Federal health care, well-being, and Family Readiness organizations. It develops and delivers innovative virtual world environments, serious games, online training applications, enterprise-wide web portals, clinical information applications, case management applications, and community and collaboration systems.
The creative teams at DefenseWeb were working on short timelines and used Unity to rapidly progress from concept, to prototype to deployment. Davey Jackson, Director of Simulation and Visualization for Unity Technologies, said that when he learned about the concept of 'Virtual Resiliency’, it changed his ideas of how Unity can be used to impact the lives of enlisted personnel. He also remarked that DefenseWeb had done an impressive job of using Unity's web deployment to make human interaction accessible to anyone connecting to the Army OneSource website. www.myarmyonesource.com/default.aspx http://unity3d.com