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).