The repetition of bloody attacks such as those in London of these last months, is bringing some companies operating in the field of virtual reality and increased to develop counterterrorism applications.
An example is given by the US multinational Eon Reality, founded in 1999 by Dan Lejerskar, Mikael Jacobsson and Mats Johansson in Irvine, California, which has grown throughout the world over the years (with offices, among others, in Paris, Manchester, Moscow, Doha, Singapore, Seul and Melbourne).
Eon Reality develops counterterrorism apps
Precisely thanks to a new counterterrorism application Eon Reality won, for the second year, the InnovPlus Award promoted by Singapore’s Ial (Institute for adult learning). The project used virtual reality platform AVR to create an improvised explosive device recognition and defusal application for anti-terrorism training and VIP protection.
The goal of the project is to create a realistic simulation for security personnel to give them a realistic training experience without the danger. This is just an example how virtual reality and aumented reality could help security forces to raise the alert level against further terroristic attacks quickly and with relatively small investments.
Europe is developing Auggmed
Europe is developing Auggmed (Automated serious game scenario generator for mixed reality training), a three-year project of 5.5 million euros developed under the Horizon 2020 program which has already produced the first prototypes, with good feedbacks from the end-users.
Even in this case, the goal is to enable single and team-based training with different levels of experience so that all end-users involved can respond in the most efficient way to terrorist and criminal threats.
Auggmed, a completely mobile platform with an operating system simply involves downloading the software to a touchscreen or laptop that runs on a Windows operating system and has a reasonable processor and graphics card, automatically create scenarios tailored to the needs of individual users in training and offers new ways to learn decision-making skills, emotional management techniques and analytical thinking while under pressure.
Develops even for augmented reality
A more immersive experience requires a VR headset such as Htc Vive (that in the coming months should go from the cable-related release to one equipped with sensors and antennas) and by the coming year the consortium of 14 partners behind Auggmed should integrate the platform with a Google Glass-type AR headset.
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