Visual Display Solutions

Realizing your imaginations

Whatever your visual requirements, IDT can offer the right solution

Visualisations are one of the most effective simulation aspects for training, engineering and research. Accurate and high fidelity visuals contribute greatly to the success of training exercises and achieving research goals. IDT is specialized in the definition of requirements of visualisations for different kind of applications. We work together with qualified and professional parties from industry to realize visual solutions, ranging from visual databases to completely integrated visual display systems. Commercial off-the-shelf solutions are possible, as well as custom designs. IDT seeks the best possible solution within your budget.

The goal of the visual display system is to present a computer-generated image of the outside-world scene as would be seen by the controller of the simulated vehicle during any particular instant in time. In simulation design, there are many choices with regard to the visual display system, and these trade-offs can influence the validity of the simulator. Consumer markets have accelerated the development of high-performance graphics computer platforms, as well as projection technologies. As a results, current image generation capability can yield very convincing representations of complex visual scenes, at very high update rates. Current visual display systems fall short, however, of being able to exactly match spatial resolution, dynamic response, brightness, black levels, field-of-view, contrast, and depth perception. They can also create artifacts that are not visible in the real-world image, but which can be detrimental to their application in simulation.


Projection systems of today range from very affordable commercial off-the-shelf systems, to simulation-specific solutions, provide a multitude of solutions, depending on the requirements of the project. However, the trade-offs with respect to the visual performance and how these could influence the perception by the simulator operator or controller should also be considered. There are many choices and consequences certain display parameters can have on the ability of the displayed visual image to stimulate the controller’s visual motion sensors.

Defining your needs

The first and most important step towards realizing a suitable visual display solution is accurately defining your visualisation needs. This depends on various aspects such as:

  • Training, research or engineering application
  • Visual information aspects of the application
  • Required fidelity levels of the application (level of detail)
  • User control and interaction
  • Real-time performance
  • Technical and optical requirements
  • Motion requirements (synchronization of motion and visuals)
  • Interfaces with existing facilities and infrastructure

Through a Systems Engineering process, IDT will be able to help you define the needs and technical specifications of the visual display solution. Through the involvement of our professional partners we will be able to look into possible solutions and a plan to realize this.

Boeing Flight Training (Alteon), USA

Alteon is a worldwide provider of airline training with training facilities accommodating many Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, Airbus and Fokker type Full Flight Simulators (FFS). IDT has been involved in the specification of requirements for Alteon’s training equipment and performed the upgrade of a Level D raster-calligraphic display for a 757-200 and 747-400 FFS.

Rheinmetall Defense Electronics, Germany

Rheinmetall is a manufacturer of defense technology and security equipment. IDT has supported the specification of requirements and Level D qualification of a laser projection system which was installed by Rheinmetall an Airbus A340 Full Flight Simulator.

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