Independent software vendor (ISV), Intelligent Software Development, has joined the Department of Defence’s innovation program as an Associate.
The Rapid Prototyping, Development and Evaluation (RPDE) program was established in 2006 as an initiative to facilitate effective collaboration between the Department and a broad range of industries to aid in network-centric warfare. Participants range from engineering firms, IT organisations and universities.
While the company is only two years old, Intelligence Software managing director, Dr Don Perugini, said he was familiar with Government and Defence projects and is confident the ISV's Behavioural Simulation technology, an environment and population modelling software, will find be useful in this program.
“We think there are many uses for this type of technology in Defence,” Dr Perugini said. “It’s a sophisticated modelling software that can model human centric environments and can provide a lot of insight to how to influence human behaviours across a whole population.
“It could be used for intelligence or what Defence calls psychological operations [PsyOps] to deduce how to influence a population to get the best outcome for a particular operation.”
The technology has mainly been used to guide government environmental policies and defence applications. Having spent more than 10 years in the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), Dr Perugini said he would remain focused in the two verticals but saw potential to branch out to other areas.
“There is a lot of scope in the business market research sector and other industries,” he said. “I guess we will get there over time but right now we are being fairly specific.”
RPDE operates on a project-by-project basis. Intelligence Software will contribute to the program when needed.