Dstl conducts VR collaboration trial
The UK Ministry of Defence's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) has successfully completed its first virtual reality (VR) collaboration trial.
The trial saw staff based at different DSTL sites meeting in cyberspace to collaborate on building a virtual aircraft engine. According to the DSTL, the successful trial paves the way for more virtual meetings, including supporting training for a wide range of law enforcement and defence agencies.
This virtual collaboration can take place between multiple sites, without anyone leaving their office, and can be done over secure lines, allowing sensitive scenarios to be discussed. Using VR headset and hand controllers personnel can interact, talk to each other, point at and pick up items.
In case of major incident or humanitarian crisis anywhere in the world, police agencies and the military can come together in a safe VR environment to prepare for the challenges they will face before they arrive on-site. The technology can also support training together from remote locations.
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