Army seeks information on integrating artificial intelligence into IVAS

By Evan Ochsner / January 21, 2022 at 1:04 PM

The Army is seeking information about industry's capability to develop and integrate artificial intelligence and machine learning features into its Integrated Visual Augmentation System, according to a request for information issued Jan. 19.

IVAS, one of the Army’s modernization priorities, is a militarized version of Microsoft’s HoloLens virtual reality headset and is intended to provide soldiers with movement of information, high-level processing, and augmented-reality information.

The request asks for industry capabilities in about 30 areas related to artificial intelligence and machine learning. They include AI-enabled target detection algorithms, battlefield data processing, mixed-reality solider interface, and battlefield language translation.

Responses are due by Feb. 18.

Congress in the fiscal year 2022 defense authorization bill cut $213 million from the IVAS budget and withheld 25% of approved money until the Army secretary submits a report on “system reliability, network adequacy, power duration, terrain data sufficiency, and plans for iterative improvements.”

The Army last year awarded Microsoft $21.9 billion to build the system.