In collaboration with NATO’s technology and cyber hub NCIA, we are developing a proof of concept for a total system for learning, procedure training, and operational use of Virtual and Augmented Reality.
For NATO and the Norwegian Armed Forces, available time for education is limited. Time and resources spent on traveling and accommodations for seminars and training is ineffective. Additionally, the increasing complexity of digital systems and modern equipment demands more courses and more training. Distributed learning and training will become increasingly important in the future as resources can be saved and employees and soldiers can prepare thoroughly, anytime, anywhere and with anyone.
In CORE the users can start with simple exercises like disassembly and reassembly of equipment and maintenance and troubleshooting of equipment, or more advanced training on procedures for preparation for battle. This can all be done as courses with goal achievement on pc, mac, tablet, mobile phone, or in VR-glasses if available.
We have made this kind of all-purpose equipment training for the handgun MP7, the grenade DM61, the HK416 assault rifle and the stove MSR XGK for Norwegian soldiers.
CORE makes it possible to conduct equipment training and procedure training, as well as switching between the DSS map system and any knowledge transfer and skills training for special equipment. This gives the users the opportunity to discuss events and crises, and to plan military operations as well as immersion into simulated situations on the ground.
One of the goals of using this combination of tools can be to give the users better insight into the consequences a military action will have on civilians than they are able to get today.
Users will be able to create a strong connection between the planning of actions and the consequences of the actions for civilians. A group of users can log into CORE and choose the location they are interested in to see a 3d-map of the area, before placing 3d-objects on the map, draw zones directly onto the map, and mark placements of critical infrastructures. At critical decision points in the planning, users can enter a digital twin of the environment, which gives a new dimension to the planning and reflection. The effects of planning on a 3d-map before entering a 1:1 digital reproduction of the environment and constructions can be augmented by 360-videos of actual events. Users cannot move freely in these videos as they are passive spectators, but it can be an extremely effective instrument for understanding and insight into consequences of actions.
CORE is a thoroughly designed platform for a multitude of user–needs tailored to the needs of security and defence agencies like the armed forces, police, and other security agencies.