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U.S. Government Gets in on Virtual Worlds



As further evidence that Virtual worlds technology is useful to all types of entities, including the Federal Government, the USDA recently announced an award of a virtual world contract to four companies: Advanced Software Systems, INC; Avaya Government Solutions INC; Science Application International; and Three Wire Systems LLC.

The solicitation states that the purpose of the contract is to: "obtain a broad range of high-quality virtual world software products .... to foster enhanced participation from commercial and non-government entities to assist the agency in the development of virtual world solutions." Sounds like this is just the beginning of what could be a multistage evolution and helps explain the four winners.

On a personal note, we would like to congratulate all the winners, but in particular, Three Wire which is a Pillsbury client. This contract award is another bit of good news for Three Wire which also recently won the U.S. Army Simulation & Training Technology Center's Federal Virtual Worlds Challenge for best collaboration in a virtual world by a government contractor. The award was presented at the Defense GameTech Users' Conference in Orlando in March for Three Wire's VetAdvisor Virtual Room (VVR).

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