Grapevine, TX, March 15, 2021 — BILT Incorporated announced today it is the winner of a second phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) 20.3 contract through the Air Force Ventures/AFWERX innovation program. The creators of the BILT app will showcase the award-winning commercial solution to US Air Force commands seeking to improve training and enhance the safety of their platforms and equipment. BILT’s 3D digital work instructions will enable an increasingly young and tech-savvy generation of airmen and boost overall military readiness.
“We look forward to showcasing BILT and getting our SaaS solution into the hands of the next generation of airmen around the world,” says BILT President & COO Ahmed Qureshi. “BILT’s 3D interactive instructions are accessible where learners are most comfortable and competent: on a mobile device. BILT is a far superior user experience than any paper manual, training video, or diagram.”
The Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) and AFWERX have partnered to streamline the Small Business Innovation Research process in an attempt to speed up the contracting experience, broaden the pool of potential applicants and decrease bureaucratic overhead. Beginning in SBIR 18.2, the Air Force has begun offering ‘Special’ SBIR topics that are faster, leaner and open to a broader range of innovations.
“BILT is the Google Maps of instructions. It is the future of training and certification. It levels the playing field for many types of learners,” says Chairman & CEO Nate Henderson. “It is so intuitive and flexible it enables success, whether a user goes straight through step by step (where they can instantly replay steps), or they choose to skip ahead to the step they need help with. BILT 3D instructions are used for assembly, installation, set up, programming, maintenance, trouble shooting, and repair.”
BILT’s analytics help program managers and front-line leaders better understand training deficiencies. Aggregated user data indicates where there is friction in an instruction set—what steps cause the most trouble for users—and makes it possible to identify and improve those steps without having to reprint a manual or reshoot a video. Edits to instructions can be made in near real time, so they are never obsolete.
The BILT app is used in more than 170 countries worldwide. Hundreds of instruction sets can be downloaded to a single mobile device for use both on and off the grid. Besides increasing training and readiness capabilities, BILT’s digital solution supports the Defense Department’s go-green initiative and helps reduce the federal government’s carbon footprint.