It is reported that the U.S. Army announced today that the contract value may be as high as $21.88 billion, and Microsoft needs to provide more than 120000 hololens in the next 10 years.
China software network has seen that since 2015, Microsoft has been developing integrated visual enhancement systems, such as hololens VR headset, which has joined Microsoft azure cloud service. With hololens, users can see the hologram in their real environment, and interact with the virtual world created with hand and voice gestures.
The US Army has been promoting visual enhancement system (IVAS). For example, the IVAS headset for soldiers also displays maps and compass, and adds heating imaging function to help soldiers identify people in the dark. In addition, according to a person familiar with the testing of IVAS prototypes in 2019, the devices are combined with weapon targeting systems to help soldiers target.
Alex kipman, a technology researcher at Microsoft, said IVAS headsets are designed to make soldiers safer and more effective. “The program enhances situational awareness, enabling information sharing and decision-making to take place in a variety of situations,” he said
The U.S. Army’s cooperation with Microsoft on IVAS headsets can be followed up to 2018. Currently, the U.S. Army has awarded Microsoft a $480 million contract to build an IVAS prototype. According to reports, the basic term of the contract is five years. If the US army wants to renew the contract, it can sign another five years.
China software network believes that for Microsoft, which has never given up hololens, it will undoubtedly be a major victory if it can win the $22 billion contract. Google and Facebook, rivals of Microsoft’s hololens, abandoned their investments long ago.
At the same time, for Microsoft, obtaining this contract is undoubtedly another major victory for its cooperation with the US government, which will only help it strengthen its ties with the US military. Earlier, the company won a key contract in 2019 to provide key cloud computing services to the U.S. Department of defense.
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