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Virtual Reality Training for CBRN-defense

This projects aims at investigating how Virtual Reality (VR) technologies can be utilized to enhance the quality of training, reduce costs and increase efficiency and effectiveness of CBRN defense training

This project  targets the improvement of the efficiency of relief units for the protection of citizens (Kiras Item 6). Efficiency and proportionality in an operation are important factors for the utilization of relief units at the site of operation. During the accomplishment of a task the highest possible protection of citizens, relief units and any third parties is vital. CBRN threats for example in a terroristic environment, or due to accidents in nuclear plants close to the border or chemical accidents can occur any time. The professional handling of these threats is critical for the safety and protection of the general public. By using Virtual Reality technologies in the training of relief units an increase in efficiency and effectiveness is to be expected. By repeated, cost efficient training of standard situations and specific operations, the use of resources can be optimized and reaction times and targeted response can be improved. In this study we will first perform comprehensive literature research to analyze existing international efforts in the area of VR training of civil and military units. In parallel, the training requirements of the Austrian CBRN unit (BMVLS) and the Red Cross Innsbruck will be surveyed. Based on these findings, current and future hard- and software components will be evaluated, including those under development at TU Vienna, regarding their applicability in a modern VR training system. Thereby, a priority is on natural walking in virtual environments, combined with 3D interaction and collaboration in teams. The cost effective and fast generation of new training scenarios and content is of equally high importance as the cost effectiveness, flexibility and robustness of the whole VR training system. In addition methods will be studied to evaluate and log training performance (semi-)automatically. Safety and security experts (AIT and Xylem Technologies) will conduct a risk analysis of the VR training system regarding technical risks, including a risk analysis of the IT-processes that are involved, and an identification of organizational risks. One result will be the concept of a first security architecture for the safe deployment of a VR training system. The main findings of the study will be summarized in a document for all contracting parties, to provide guidelines for the design of a future Austrian VR training system for relief units.

Project leader
Priv.-Doz. Dr. Hannes Kaufmann
Dipl-Ing. Annette Mossel
Institut für Softwaretechnik und Interaktive Systeme, TU Wien

Project partner

  • Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)
  • Xylem – Science and Technology Management GmbH
  • Bundesministerium für für Landesverteidigung und Sport BMLVS (LVAk, ABCAbwS, ASZZ)
  • Rotes Kreuz Stadt Innsbruck (RK)

Dipl-Ing. Annette Mossel
1040 Wien
Tel: +43-1-58801-18893
Fax: +43-1-58801-918893