Emergency Response Training with Virtual Reality

BY KAYLA NOBREGA

 

Virtual Reality training for emergency response units applies similarly to Virtual Reality training for HSE inspections.

  • Environment

A trainee can be immersed in any kind of environment, and face any kind of emergency situation through Virtual Reality. VR provides a risk-free way to experience and explore different scenarios to give the trainee experience they need without putting their lives in danger.

  • Equipment Training

Training content can be broken up into different categories. Scenario training, where users are immersed into different situations. Equipment training where they get to explore the different equipment that they are required to use. In VR, notes can be added to show instructions and trainees can experiment with the equipment to learn about it. Because this is digital resources are not wasted and a trainee can spend as much time with each piece of equipment as they need.

  • People Skills

Through the VR experience, conversations with people can be simulated as well. This can be used to teach trainees about how to deal with the people at the scene of the emergency situation. They can learn how to deal with panic, crying, anger and frustration, as well as fear. People skills are essential to responding to emergency situations and can be developed through Virtual Reality Training.

  • Monitoring

Virtual Reality Training software also enables supervisors to monitor their trainee’s progress. This helps give an indication of areas where they excel, and areas that require improvement. This assists both the company and trainee to direct the training more effectively.

 

Virtual Reality Skills Training for Health and Safety Executives

BY KAYLA NOBREGA

 

One of the benefits of Virtual Reality is that a user can be immersed in any kind of environment, and experience a number of different circumstances as if they were actually happening. This is why Virtual Reality is the perfect training to tool for Health and Safety inspections.

Virtual Reality Training is risk-free, but because of how realistically it influences a user’s senses it gives life-like experience. This means that Health and Safety Executives can learn how to manage dangerous situations without their lives being put in danger to gain the experience they need.

For example, a fire can be simulated through a Virtual Reality experience and without the risk of getting burned or inhaling smoke, the trainee can experiment with the different tools required to put out the fire. Other dangers to consider such as electrical cables being present, or needed to evacuate people can also be simulated to ensure the trainee is fully equipped for real life situations.

 

HSE Training is broad and needs to cover a few areas. The type of training covered is dependent on the industry as well as the country in which the company is operating – due to different laws in place for Health and Safety requirements.

Below is an example of the kind of Virtual Reality training that can be done for the mining industry. You will note that the training is customized to the industry and the company.

 

Virtual Reality Skills Training as New Technology emerges

BY KAYLA NOBREGA

 

I attended a meeting a while ago where other industry experts were talking about different statistics. It came up that the estimated amount of jobs that would be completely replaced by new technologies worldwide is 5 million.

That sentence is enough to conjure fear and opposition towards the different technologies that are emerging. Another fact that was mentioned, though, is that there are companies setting aside 101 hours a year to retrain their staff for different positions that would aid the new technology coming in.

Companies are looking for the most cost-effective, time-efficient, and easy-to-understand means to train their staff. Our solution that fits all those needs is Virtual Reality Training.

Below is an example of Virtual Reality Training that is used by Tauron Polska Energy to teach staff their way around the existing technology with which they need to work:

How AR and VR is used in food distribution

BY KAYLA NOBREGA

 

This week we had Marcel Joosten and John Shelley, the managing directors of Jobeco Foods, in studio with us. Jobeco Foods is based in Dubai, Holland, and Nigeria. Their goal is to make high quality food readily accessible in areas like East and West Africa.

We spoke about how AR and VR can be incorporated into business operations in the food distribution industry. Below is a summary of our discussion.

1. Jobeco Foods prides themselves on consistent, high quality customer service. How does AR and VR contribute to this goal?
Augmented Reality helps with operational efficiency in that it provides a far more automated solution to warehouse organisation. Many processes that are traditionally done manually such as scanning barcodes, stocktaking, and product tracking, can all be done through an AR app. This speeds up packing and delivery processes.

Virtual Reality helps Jobeco showcase their warehouse and distribution centres to their distributors and other clients, without having to spend time and money on traveling. Transparency is important in gaining client confidence and VR provides a trustworthy method of informing people and businesses of operation processes and environments.

2. AR and VR can also be used in training staff. How would this be useful to distribution companies?
While AR technology helps staff learn the procedures and standards required in the warehouse and distribution centres, VR assists the sales team. Simulations of different client encounters can help prepare ground staff for situations that may occur while selling.

VR training provides hands-on experience without the risk that comes with making mistakes. It is a time and money saving training solution.

3. Where do you see AR and VR going in this industry?
Technical trends come and go, but AR and VR seem to be a trend that will stay, and companies that do not incorporate it now will fall behind in the same way that happened with the rise in popularity of social media. AR adds a fun element to operations and to products while lowering costs, increasing efficiency, and so increasing customer satisfaction.

As AR and VR technologies become more accessible to all regions, it will take on the same way social media platforms have, and be integrated within social media platforms, which is already happening.

For more questions and in-depth answers, you can watch the full interview on our YouTube channel soon!