Tempe, Arizona (April 22, 2015) — VirTra Systems (OTC Pink: VTSI), a leading provider of use of force simulators and firearms training simulators to military, law enforcement agencies and other organizations, today announced that it has successfully defended its’ patents in the simulation marketplace and has settled a suit with FAAC. The particular patents for this suit are US Patent No. 8,267,691 entitled THREAT FIRE SIMULATION AND TRAINING SYSTEM and US Patent No. 8,016,594 entitled METHOD OF TRAINING UTILIZING A THREAT FIRE SIMULATION SYSTEM.
FAAC and VirTra agreed to an undisclosed settlement and FAAC agrees not to infringe the VirTra patents.
Prior to the invention of VirTra’s Threat-Fire ™ a common way to apply pressure to trainees was through a turret that fired projectiles at the trainee during simulation training. This method had several drawbacks: it required safety glasses be worn during training, focused instructor attention on aiming the device, projectiles could hit sensitive areas and cause injury to the trainees, the turret was in one static location potentially leading to negative training, and instructors had to constantly retrieve the projectiles. Since introduction in 2005, VirTra’s Threat-Fire device has been quickly adopted by progressive agencies around the world, as it has none of the drawback of projectile shoot-back and several advantages, with no reported trainee injuries.
A world leader in use of force training, VirTra’s invention of the Threat-Fire device has designed to fundamentally enhance the effectiveness of simulation training. The Threat-Fire device applies an electric voltage for a split-second, creating a local area of pain, less painful than a bullet impacting body armor. The trainee knows they could experience pain during training, so they take the training far more seriously, leading to more effective training. In addition, the extra stress and pressure during training helps better prepare the trainee for a real life or death situation where a mistake could have dire consequences. (more…)
TEMPE, AZ – September 13, 2011 – VirTra Systems, Inc. (VTSI.PK), a global leader in firearms simulators, announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued patent No. 8,016,594 to the company. Based on the parameters of the awarded patent, VirTra is the only company in the United States that can produce or sell any device using electronic impulses to simulate consequences during simulation training.
Prior to Threat-Fire™, simulation training lacked a key feature – consequences. Trainees were able to engage simulated hostile forces; however, simulated hostile forces could not feasibly affect the trainees – greatly reducing the realism of training. Shoot-back cannons were used but had to be aimed, required eye-protection, caused injuries, required constant cleanup and had a host of other problems.