ATC Trade Show Presentation Combines Microvision’s Heads-Up Display Technology And Gallium’s Display Software
MAASTRICHT, The Netherlands, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ —
Microvision Inc. (Nasdaq: MVIS) a leader in wearable display technology, and
Gallium, a leading provider of display software for air traffic control (ATC)
applications, will jointly demonstrate linking gate-to-gate ATC displays at
the ATC 2001 show in Maastricht, The Netherlands, Feb. 20-22, stand #514.
Gallium will demonstrate its InterMAPhics product and expertise as a
leader in computer-human interface (CHI) tools for ATC systems, while
Microvision will demonstrate its prototype units of its NOMAD system — a
“heads up” overlay of vital information. Working together, InterMAPhics and
the Nomad display provide seamless integration of all ATC display information
from the tower display through the terminal display and back to the control
“Today, air traffic controllers have to move frequently and quickly
between the real view of the aircraft and the data screens in front of them,”
said Bob Deroode, director of air traffic management for Gallium. “Partnering
InterMAPhics software with Nomad puts the controller in command of where to
focus attention, while still seeing all the critical system data; a benefit in
poor visibility conditions.”
He noted that Nomad’s high brightness allows it to work in all lighting
conditions, and its synthesized focal length eliminates the eye strain caused
from switching views between displays and the far field view of the runways;
an important step in improving air traffic capacity and safety.
InterMAPhics provides a proven, reliable, high performance display engine
for ATC applications. Designed for rapid prototyping and development of ATC
displays, InterMAPhics includes a patented “Invisible Windows” technology that
allows display of data windows with a transparent background. With the
wearable display, air traffic activity can be seen in the background either on
conventional displays or the tower window.
Nomad, a head-worn display featuring Microvision’s breakthrough display
technology, projects high-resolution, computer-generated images directly onto
the user’s retina, appearing to the user as a “see-through” computer screen at
arm’s length. Scheduled for market release in mid-2001, Nomad can improve
visualization for air traffic controllers, helping reduce stress and workload,
and delays while improving airport safety.
Air traffic controllers would use the display to help manage increasingly
complex information systems, allowing computer-generated advisories while
maintaining visual contact with the terrain and airspace surrounding the
airfield. Nomad’s “heads-up” image overlay against daylight conditions is
seen as a key requirement.
Microvision is equally keen on how the Gallium software augments Nomad.
“InterMAPhics gives Nomad a field proven, high-reliability, high performance
ATC display engine,” said Larry Zibrik, industrial segment manager for
Microvision. “It augments our drive to explore Nomad’s technology and human
factors aspects. This combination could aid controllers in meeting the
challenge of increased air traffic, and maintaining and improving air safety.”
Based in Ottawa, Gallium is an international leader in the development of
Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) software for performance-critical
applications in Air Traffic Management and the Defense sectors. Gallium’s
InterMAPhics(R) product line is an industry acclaimed suite of Commercial
Off-The-Shelf (COTS) software used by national agencies and companies
worldwide involved in programs to prototype, develop, and maintain
Geo-Tracking display applications. http://www.gallium.com.
Headquartered near Seattle, Microvision, Inc. is the developer of the
proprietary retinal scanning display technology and a world leader in micro
miniature optical scanning technology for display and imaging applications.
The company’s technology has application in a broad range of military,
medical, industrial, professional and consumer information products.
Microvision is also the majority owner of a newly established subsidiary,
Lumera Inc. http://www.lumera.com . Lumera is a world leader in the
development of electro-optic devices based on proprietary optical polymers.
The company will deliver superior and unique component solutions to optical
systems suppliers. http://www.mvis.com.
NOTE: Gallium and InterMAPhics are registered trademarks of
Gallium Software Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks
mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.
The information set forth in this release includes “forward-looking
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of 1934, as amended, and is subject to the safe harbor created by those
sections. Certain factors that realistically could cause results to differ
materially from those projected in the company’s forward-looking statements
are set forth in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly
Reports on Form 10-Q, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.