Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim), a global developer of game-based simulation software, introduced VBS Radio in its latest software update, VBS3 v3.7.2. VBS Radio is a full replacement of the legacy communications system for VBS3. Customers can download the latest version of VBS3 at bisimulations.com/support/downloads.
“Radio communication is essential for tactical training and for effective battlespace operations,” said Pete Morrison, BISim’s Co-CEO and a former ADF Signal Corps Officer. “VBS Radio was designed from the ground up utilizing the latest BISim technology. It allowed us to achieve a seamless integration with VBS3 including its After Action Review. We’re also excited to offer more advanced features in the Pro version, such as signal degradation.”
VBS Radio offers user-friendly setup of global, side, group and direct speech communication channels. The standard VBS Radio version, included with VBS3 for free, features five channels, 3D positional audio, automatic access to vehicle intercom systems and squad radio nets, and an audio tone to signal when a transmission begins and ends.
The VBS Radio Pro version is available for purchase as an add-on to VBS3 and offers unlimited channels and allows configuration of radio network presets, enabling users to customize channel names, colors, icons and enable saving and loading of networks per mission. VBS Radio Pro also features distance-based degradation that can also be influenced by weather effects in the simulation and provides support for sidetone playback.
“We expect the features and capabilities for VBS Radio and VBS Radio Pro to grow as we add DIS support and degradation based on terrain masking, among other enhancements,” Morrison said. “We look forward to sharing the VBS Radio roadmap with customers at I/ITSEC 2015.”