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Applied Research Associates wins award for Virtual Heroes software

Applied Research Associates has been named a Military Training Technology Top 100 Company for its Virtual Heroes training software.

ARA of Albuquerque acquired Virtual Heroes in 2009, which makes massive multiplayer games for military training and education. Military Training Technology is a trade publication that deals with issues relating to training the U.S. armed forces. The award was announced Wednesday.

The game company originally worked on the U.S. Army’s training game “America’s Army” and has since developed a wide range of games that train personnel for simulated emergency situations. Virtual Heroes games are known for realistic graphics. The “Zero Hour: America’s Medic” game trains first responders based on scenarios developed by the Department of Homeland Security, such as triage and management.

The games are also used by NASA and the Department of Defense for mission planning, rehearsal, scientific visualization and more. ARA was named a top simulation and training company in 2010 and 2011 as well. In 2010, Virtual Heroes’ “Moonbase Alpha” won Best Government Game at the Interservice and Industry Training, Simulation & Education Conference. The game is designed for players to learn about the moon by maintaining a moon base.

ARA, a federal contractor, focuses on robotics, alternative fuels, software and security systems.

By Dan Mayfield/New Mexico Business Weekly