Dimension Data and FLAIM Systems, a start-up out of Deakin University have come together to create a new version of FLAIM Systems’ immersive Virtual Reality firefighting simulator, the FLAIM Trainer. The system includes an HTC Vive VR headset, personal protective clothing with heat generation components, breathing apparatus simulator and a patented haptics feedback system which provides a unique training experience.

Under a co-innovation agreement, Deakin and Dimension Data have integrated hitoe, a wearable, bio-sensing nano-fibre vest which tracks electrocardiogram (ECG) readings and transmits them in real time for fitness analysis of firefighters during training. The co-innovation leverages the US$2 billion in annual R&D investment by Dimension Data’s parent company, NTT, commercialising cutting-edge technology for Australian use. FLAIM Trainer is set to revolutionise the way emergency services train and prepare to fight fires, particularly relevant given the massive fires in the US right now.

Traditional firefighter training methods are inherently unsafe, hard to reproduce in reality, expensive and environmentally harmful. Training members of the world’s Navies, for instance, has historically been difficult — logistical constraints mean the naval members cannot fully train at sea as they are constrained in use of training smoke or use of a fire hose in the middle of a vessel.

Using industry standard equipment and real-world systems in a virtual environment such as with FLAIM Trainer removes those constraints and allows users to train more, train better and train anywhere. With the complementary layer of hitoe, instructors can monitor the trainee’s vitals, and physiological response and performance during training.

The data generated is ingested, aggregated with the data captured from the FLAIM Trainer system during training and displayed alongside the visuals of the training scenario being tackled. As the captured data and training session is recorded and stored in a cloud environment or integrated into a learning management system, results can be benchmarked, and instructors can review and track performances over time. Read more from techau.com.au…

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