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Air Force Selects Adayana and Vcom3D to Develop Diverse, Avatar-based Courseware.

FALLS CHURCH, Va., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Adayana Government Group and Vcom3D were awarded a contract with the U.S. Air Force Negotiation Center of Excellence (NCE) to create culturally diverse, game-based courseware. The development of these online courses is based on Adayana GameWare Learning Solutions(SM) - an approach that combines the structured learning of Web-based courseware with job-focused gaming elements to achieve more effective learning and superior skill retention through interactive practice. This solution will be used to teach all Air Force personnel the importance of language and cultural considerations when negotiating logistics, readiness, transportation, and personnel issues in foreign countries.

To enhance the student learning experience, Adayana and Vcom3D will use its authoring software to create culturally diverse avatars - interactive computer representations of people from different cultures - that respond to student input and knowledge of non-verbal cues in culturally sensitive settings. As NCE envisions future course focusing on other continents, the use of flexible, 3D avatars for cultural communications will provide more realistic training for Air Force personnel deploying globally.

"We are excited to leverage our Adayana GameWare Learning Solutions(SM) in partnership with Vcom3D to support the Air Force NCE. We know that warfighters will benefit tremendously from this innovative solution. This strategic effort in providing new learning capabilities will strengthen Adayana's relationship with the Air Force community, and will reinforce Adayana's focus on creating training simulations specifically based on job performance tasks," said Jeff Kidwell, President, Adayana Government Group.

"Training for Irregular Warfare missions with Vcom3D's expressive and culturally appropriate avatars will enable the Air Force to practice recognition of non-verbal cues," stated Carol Wideman, CEO, Vcom3D, Inc.

Adayana Government Group (formerly known as VERTEX Solutions, Inc.), an industry leader in the development and delivery of learning and human performance solutions has been serving defense, civilian, and homeland security agencies for the past 13 years. Whether leveraging mobile learning or designing for multigenerational audiences, Adayana Government Group has developed award-winning programs to meet a variety of dynamic client needs. Adayana Government Group provides a wide array of services, including Learning Solutions & Delivery, Managed Learning Services, Strategy & Management Consulting, Branding & Strategic Communications, and Performance Technologies.

Vcom3D, Inc. founded in 1997 has positioned its company as a leader in providing multi-language/cultural, context sensitive, virtual communicator characters for learning in culturally appropriate virtual environments. Vcom3D has created and patented a number of new technologies and won numerous awards for its innovation in the use of 3D simulation, virtual human technology and compelling and engaging media. Virtual human technology provides 3D animated characters that communicate through body language (including gesture or sign language), facial expression, and lip-synched speech. The Company's groundbreaking applications have been used by DoD, schools, families, corporations, and numerous government agencies in the areas of culture/language familiarization, training, and educational mentoring.

CONTACT: Celine Baudinetto of Adayana, +1-703-564-7232, cbaudinetto@adayana.com

Web Site: http://www.adayana.com/
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