Project Summary

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had a business need to develop a more impactful training application to deliver, track, and encourage department-wide use of information security (InfoSec) training for HQ and all Components. DHS stakeholders wanted to reduce the high cost of in-person classroom training, but they recognized specific challenges with current distance learning training applications that typically result in reduced knowledge retention.

Performance

Three Wire is the federal sector leader in implementing virtual world technology specifically designed to support highly immersive collaborative experiences. Recognizing this leadership, DHS stakeholders sought out Three Wire instead of using one of the nine e-learning solutions the Department currently has in place.

DHS achieved their goals while saving 89% in costs.

vGov (also known as Virtual Worlds) is a public–private partnership developed to identify the applicability and viability of Virtual Worlds as a mechanism to support government mission and business needs. vGov is a Software as a Service (SaaS) government cloud contract, implemented to support immersive, three-dimensional (3-D) software development and technologies. Three Wire’s offering is an Internet-accessible, 3-D virtual collaboration environment, with a shared repository, hosted in a secure federal enterprise data center, and it
is designed to enhance one-to-many and many-to-many collaboration across agencies in support of prototyping, training, project management, and complex-modeling mission objectives.

Under the vGov contract, Three Wire provided software licensing and VAR services for DHS to develop information security (InfoSec) training in a virtual world. The Virtual Worlds project led to Three Wire’s selection as finalist for the 2012 Cyber Warrior Volt Award, for Leaders in Technology. Three Wire is one of four prime contractors on USDA’s Virtual Government IDIQ contract. As a Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), we won this contract within the full and open arena.

Results

By leveraging the Three Wire vGov Virtual World solution, DHS was able to achieve their desired goals while saving 89% in costs.