EFFICIENT DISTANCE LEARNING IN FORESTRY, FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICES
MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH VIRTUAL CHAINSAW SIMULATOR
Due to the renewed closure of vocational training centers, trainers and operational managers are again faced with the challenge of avoiding an educational standstills. State schools and local authorities are increasingly working on concepts to be able to impart knowledge in the best possible way, even at a distance. Digital expert imsimity from St. Georgen in the Black Forest wants to support here with a Corona campaign:
- Digital rescue saw training for forestry, fire departments and disaster control
- Multi-award-winning product becomes hybrid virtual reality (VR) training unit
- Imsimity takes over worldwide distribution
- Corona campaign for market launch
Since December 2020, imsimity has taken over the worldwide distribution of the multiple award-winning digital chainsaw simulator. The product was developed in cooperation with STIHL, THW Bundesschule Neuhausen and the Berlin fire brigade for virtual training with emergency forces. The chainsaw simulator, which is based on virtual reality (VR) technology, is intended to contribute to the digital transformation of education and training. As an experienced manufacturer of immersive and interactive learning applications, imsimity knows that this type of education offers an optimal alternative to classroom training, especially in the current situation. When integrating VR technology into suitable training topics, devices are used that will replace projectors, smartphones or tablets with data glasses, hand and head tracking systems with gesture and voice control in the future.
Simulate and virtually practice deployment scenarios despite Corona
The chainsaw is a tried and tested tool in technical rescue operations. It would not be possible to cope with the special damage situations after storms without effective sawing work. However, the chainsaw is also a dangerous piece of equipment, which is why it may only be operated by persons who are physically and technically qualified. In order to be able to work quickly and safely with a rescue saw in an acute emergency, careful instruction and regular training are essential. Normally, this is done in regular classroom training sessions, which are currently only possible with difficulty.
With a virtual chainsaw simulator, emergency forces can continue to train in compliance with the Corona protection regulations. Above all, the interactive VR learning units on basic work, such as tree felling with different cutting techniques, iron gate and metal roof opening in the case of an industrial building fire or rescue in the case of a tunnel fire, supplement the theoretical instruction.
The time-consuming training in the forest can be partially replaced. Fundamental advantages of digital exercises are time independence, fuel savings and avoidance of chain wear. The hybrid application enables interaction in virtual space by recognizing the tracked STIHL chainsaw in the hands of the VR glasses wearer. The visual user guidance enables language-independent and intuitive immersion in the digital training world.
VR chainsaw simulator as well as rental solution
Imsimity offers on the one hand the VR software as an annual license and on the other hand a bundle including all necessary software and hardware components. In addition, a rental solution is available. The rental bundle includes a compact training case. It includes Vive pro VR goggles from HTC, a high performance VR laptop and a prepared Stihl chainsaw with tracking system. Tenants receive individual online application training for successful implementation of the chainsaw simulator training. Imsimity assists with the installation and setup of the system and is on hand with a technical consultant. The rental package is offered by imsimity for the next four weeks at the Corona promotion price with 50% discount.