‘Green’ Training with VR Technology
There is lots of talk about the various benefits of Virtual Reality (VR) Training; but what about the environmental benefits?
Is VR training ‘Green’ training? Can it help the Armed Forces meet their sustainability strategies? Can it help to reduce our carbon footprint when training?
The environmental benefits of using VR for training are significant and should be considered by companies and organisations who are looking to implement or follow their sustainability strategy, and help them positively impact on society and the environment.
Let’s think about the various costs, the carbon footprint and other implications that traditional training programmes can incur:
- Travel pollution for employees/external trainers and exercising troops
- Accommodation pollution costs for trainees and external staff
- Environmental costs of using live ammunition, Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW) cartridges, batteries and other elements which often can’t be easily recycled
- Noise pollution for local residents when using live ammunition
- Clearing-up and collecting empty bullet cases
- Disposing of single-use ammunition/batteries/cartridges
- Wear and tear on weapons systems
- Environmental impact of construction of purpose-built training environments
- Damage caused to vehicles that are used for training scenarios
- Health and safety of trainees and instructors when training for high risk situations
It is important to look at ways we can reduce our carbon footprint and VR Training can help with this. By complementing existing, traditional training programmes, VR Training is able to:
- Give access to train in previously denied environments, without incurring any of the above listed costs or risks
- Enable trainees to increase the quantity of training, without the need to dispose of single-use items – resulting in better trained individuals and teams
- Be tailored to meet the individual needs, instantly
- Allows for multiple users to train at the same time
- Allow personnel to acclimatise to working with and in, claustrophobic military environments, such as tanks and submarines
- Reduce the amount of time spent travelling to and from training environments/areas and increase time actually spent training
- Improved provision of Health and Safety for trainees
As the world returns to some level of ‘normality’, it is important to not fall back into the way things were done before. We must adapt and evolve to a new, improved method of training. Ensuring Emergency Services and Military personnel have the best opportunities to learn and hone their crucial skills to perform in high pressure, dangerous and diverse environments; in a safe and risk-free way.
The AVRT family of VR Training Systems are perfectly placed to forge this change, combining operational expertise with industry-leading technology.
By utilising and working with AVRT, organisations have the ability to effectively achieve their social responsibility and environmental objectives.
Adaptive Virtual Reality Training – Shaping the future of the VR Training landscape.