Ohio University to build virtual world for response training
| 11.09.2007 | 07:05:50 | Views: 3182 | ID:
November 9 '07: Local police officers in Athens County, Ohio and the City of Columbus will begin to train for real-life response situations using virtual technology developed by Ohio University's School of Telecommunications and Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID), the Athens News reported. The new virtual training technology was developed through local homeland security grants totaling $702,000.
The Athens News reported, "The grant will help fund development of interactive digital environments in 30 high-profile Columbus buildings or sites that could be most susceptible to terrorist attacks, hostage situations or other critical incidents. The funding comes from the Urban Area Security Initiative Early Warning Group, a unit of the Columbus Division of Police."Government Computer News reported that "First responders will gain access to the data and models available both in the field, via wireless laptop PC, and at the precinct, calling up information tailored to a specific area." "The virtual models will utilize new technologies, including 360-degree photography that provides views of the sites from every angle and immersive video, which allows real-world scenes to be recorded from every direction at the same time," GCN reported. The new technology and training program will be online in the fall of 2008 with a fully operational status in fall 2009, officials said.
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