Paramedics use virtual reality to train frontline staff

by Brett Henebery03 Mar 2017
Victorian paramedics will soon use virtual reality to help train frontline staff and better protect them from violence when responding to an emergency.

The “Occupational violence prevention education program” is the first of its kind for Australian emergency services.

Russell Francis, CEO of Aussie e-learning company Velpic, which recently announced it was delving into virtual reality with the imminent release of a VR training app, said the initiative was “fantastic and progressive”.

“This is a fantastic and progressive initiative by the Victorian government. One of the fundamental benefits of VR is that the immersive experience can simulate hazardous situations without putting anyone in real danger,” Francis said in a statement.

“The immersive simulations can be made to be very real in look and sound and thus give an extremely life-like training simulation that can be repeated over and over again without any danger to the trainee.”

He added that this initiative is similar to what the aviation industry has been doing for decades with flight simulators but whereas they cost multiple millions, a VR lesson can be completed within a Google Cardboard head set costing only a few dollars.

“Workplace training in hazardous industries is the first wave of VR training making way for mass adoption for VR Training for everything from an introduction to the office before your first day to how to operate the coffee machine,” he said.

A new report by Cognizant – titled: Augmented Reality: A New Workforce Mobilization Paradigm – offers a glimpse into how this type of technology is boosting learning in the workplace.

The report points out that innovation is a constant in the information technology industry, continuously changing the way services are delivered to the business and to end users.

“From the mainframe era on to the Internet stage, we’re now experiencing the fifth IT wave, an era in which social, mobile, analytics and cloud [aka the SMAC Stack] are forming a new digital foundation with which to power business,” the report states.

“SMAC is already changing how IT is being deployed across industries, and as business becomes increasingly digital this new stack is expected to have a multiplying effect on operational efficiency and productivity.”

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