Finnish company Varjo, the leader in industrial-grade VR/XR headsets, announced on 1 June the expansion of its value-added reseller network in the Asia-Pacific region with Bohemia Interactive Simulations, one of the global leaders in training and simulation solutions. As part of the commercial agreement, Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) will resell Varjo Helmet Mounted Displays to its customers in Australia and New Zealand who are interested in the highest-fidelity virtual and mixed reality solutions for training and simulation.

Rob Carpenter, BISim Business Development Manager (AU/NZ) said: “We’re focused on the military market and supporting the best use of Virtual Reality (VR) and mixed reality (XR) for military training organisations. We have a number of projects that the Australian Army is interested in leveraging Varjo with BISim’s products.”

BISim’s portfolio will feature both of Varjo’s human-eye resolution headsets, VR-2 and VR-2 Pro (including hand tracking), as well as the photorealistic mixed reality device XR-1 Developer Edition, which makes it possible to seamlessly mix synthetic and real content. Combined with BISim’s VBS Blue image generation system and associated professional services, training system developers will now be able to create highly immersive, cost-effective solutions for the most demanding scenarios across land, sea, air, and space use cases.

“BISim is excited about deepening the partnership with Varjo in Australia and New Zealand,” said Ryan Stephenson, managing director of Bohemia Interactive Australia. “Virtual and mixed reality technologies can bring major cost savings and portability compared to other forms of visual systems. With Varjo’s photorealistic visual fidelity and integrated eye tracking, combined with the power of VBS Blue IG, we can now provide to our customers the best quality in virtual and mixed reality training.”

John Burwell, Varjo’s head of simulation and training. (PHOTO: Varjo)

“Varjo provides the only HMDs with human-eye resolution that allow trainees to read small text and see objectives at realistic visibility ranges in virtual and mixed reality simulations. With the industry’s most advanced integration with our mixed reality HMD XR-1, VBS Blue IG is an ideal software platform to address emerging requirements for mixed reality training where a user needs to see and interact with a physical cockpit or crew stations while immersed in a synthetic environment. Together with BISim, we are thrilled to accelerate VR/XR training opportunities for our customers in the Asia-Pacific region,” said John Burwell, Global Lead Simulation and Training at Varjo.

With a stronger presence in the Asia-Pacific region, Varjo’s technology is now more accessible to clients for in-person demos, training, testing and project reviews. BISim will offer customers an opportunity to experience Varjo HMDs in-person in their experience centre as well as get trials through Varjo’s new contactless remote demo kit programme.


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Kym Bergmann is the editor for Asia Pacific Defence Reporter (APDR) and Defence Review Asia (DRA). He has more than 25 years of experience in journalism and the defence industry. After graduating with honours from the Australian National University, he joined Capital 7 television, holding several positions including foreign news editor and chief political correspondent. During that time he also wrote for Business Review Weekly, undertaking analysis of various defence matters.After two years on the staff of a federal minister, he moved to the defence industry and held senior positions in several companies, including Blohm+Voss, Thales, Celsius and Saab. In 1997 he was one of two Australians selected for the Thomson CSF 'Preparation for Senior Management' MBA course. He has also worked as a consultant for a number of companies including Raytheon, Tenix and others. He has served on the boards of Thomson Sintra Pacific and Saab Pacific.

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