Our new simulation and training teaming agreement is breaking down norms

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Rockwell Collins and Bluedrop Training and Simulation Inc. (BTSI) signed an agreement that will allow the companies to jointly bid on new projects and provide integrated program offerings. Click to enlarge

What do you get when two companies with complementary intellectual property and product offerings come together to form a teaming agreement? World class, cohesive solutions between real-time simulation devices and learning technologies -- that’s what.

Recently, Rockwell Collins and Bluedrop Training and Simulation Inc. (BTSI) signed an agreement that will allow the companies to jointly bid on new projects and provide integrated program offerings.

For years, Rockwell Collins’ Simulation & Training Solutions (STS) business has found innovative ways for customers to ensure their teams are ready for future missions. Leveraging the company’s strengths in avionics systems development and training systems design, Rockwell Collins delivers integrated solutions that span the entire training continuum, from instructional systems design through fully integrated, high-fidelity simulators.

At the same time, Bluedrop Training & Simulation has been designing and developing advanced training systems and state-of-the-art simulation products to safely train operators and maintainers of complex equipment. Their approach leverages innovative technology to provide cost-effective blended-media training content, from classroom instruction and computer-based training (CBT) through to high-fidelity training devices.

Through the new teaming agreement, these companies will be able to share technologies and complementary intellectual property. Because their existing portfolios offer several synergies with no overlap, customers will experience the best simulation and training solutions available to prepare for what's ahead. The agreement sets the framework for exploring various business opportunities between the companies.

“Customers will now receive a complete training system provider -- from requirements analysis through instructional execution -- on a common software architecture that includes all training device hardware and software, instructional courseware design and learning management system integration,” said Nick Gibbs, vice president and general manager of STS for Rockwell Collins. “We are excited to partner with BTSI.”

“BTSI has been providing blended training solutions from the classroom through to simulated virtual environments aimed at improving safety, productivity and efficiency since our predecessors started doing business in the 1970s,” said Jean-Claude Siew, vice president for Technology and Simulation at BTSI. “The blending of our intellectual property by making available the use of key technologies to each party from the other will allow for very cost-effective solutions and an expanded capability worldwide for each of us.”

This teaming agreement will allow for competitive bidding on a number of Canadian, United States and international contracts that are looking for turnkey innovative solutions. Work will be performed in Canada by BTSI at its plant in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and by Rockwell Collins Canada in Ottawa; and in the United States at Rockwell Collins STS facilities in Sterling, Virginia; Binghamton, New York; Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Salt Lake City, Utah.

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