Virtual Reality Training
Immerse employees into any environment and create memories
Around the world, global organisations are developing new business strategies to adapt and adopt to new technologies. Innovative technology can unlock business capability, giving the opportunity to implement internal change, boost staff motivation, improve appeal to new business and ensure employees are trained sufficiently to harness the full power of their potential. The rise in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), the supposed ‘Digital Revolution’ is upon us and businesses must look at changing existing operational procedures to maximise output, or risk being left behind by their competitors.
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Integrating new technology into any business presents challenges but is made a lot easier if considered alongside other existing communication, training and marketing channels. Myriad Global Media has a wealth of expertise across various media solutions including film, animation, podcasts, design, VR, AR, and mobile apps, addressing two key questions; who is the target audience? And, what are the business objectives?
Only once these are answered do we match technology and media solutions to achieve business goals. Some organisations have been duped in the past when applying new technology and this has been happening since the start of the dot-com bubble in the mid-1990s and yet companies must learn how to quickly leverage new technologies to ensure their workforce and business remains competitive.
In a recent study by Capgemini consulting, the vast majority of managers believe that “achieving digital transformation is critical” to their organizations. However, 63% said the pace of technological change in their workplaces is too slow, primarily due to a “lack of urgency” and poor communication about the strategic benefits of new tools.
The key things to remember when implementing new technology, are to choose wisely, identify key objectives, train staff correctly, satisfy key influencers within the business, integrate it into day-to-day routines, highlight the quick wins, make it fun and maintain momentum. The following document will focus on how technology can improve employee training, the fundamental aspect that all businesses must focus on to build the foundations for growth.
IMPROVING VIRTUAL REALITY’S COMMERCIAL VIABILITY
HOW CAN IT BENEFIT YOUR BUSINESS?
The UK spent an average of £1.6K per employee on training in 2015 and 19% of the total £45.4billion was spent on wages for in-house trainers. 50% of the total spend was focused on off-the-job training which brought people into other environments, such as class rooms and training centres, away from their workplace which lowers a company’s productivity overall. Virtual Reality has been around in the gaming world for a long time, but the commercial world has yet to maximise its capabilities.
Virtual Reality (VR) has taken huge leaps forward over the past
couple of years towards becoming an easily accessible commercial technology. In order to continue on this upward trend, businesses need convincing that the VR applications available are both cost effective and can evidence dramatic improvement on existing methods of training. VR applications can accelerate training programmes, developing career paths quicker, therefore retaining good employees once training has been completed.
VR software companies are continuously developing new ways to make content creation easier and designing products that are far more appealing to the mass market. Coupled with, hardware developers producing high-end equipment (HTC’s Vive and Facebook’s Oculus) and cutting the prices to stimulate the market. The adoption of VR applications for all businesses has become much more accessible, cost effective and appealing due to identifying business ROI.
However, increasing the number of businesses investing in VR applications is only 50% of the solution. Ensuring these solutions fully engage target audiences, maximise operational efficiency and meet training objectives, all are an absolute necessity to encourage market growth.
For the purposes of this article the focus is on how we can push the boundaries of VR technology, overcoming the common user feedback of how VR can feel isolated. The immersive world is sometimes a lonely place, that segregates us away from others.
Myriad Global Media has developed a more engaging and sociable platform that allows businesses to train all their staff, across various fields (HSE hazard awareness, Engineering maintenance), without them all having to be in one place. Saving time and money but also increasing information retention through new innovative training methods.
CURRENT BARRIERS DELAYING ADOPTION
THE COMMON APPREHENSIONS SURROUNDING VIRTUAL REALITY APPLICATIONS
1Currently, a large percentage of VR applications only enable one person to use specific pieces of equipment at any given time, which is sometimes the best solution and can work very well for niche training programmes. The one big issue being that when applied to a larger volume of personnel, it doesn’t become cost effective as it slows down the training process.
2To increase the number of business adopting VR applications, new innovative ways of engaging larger workforces are vital. Developers need to move away from single user experiences / training and embrace the endless reach VR can have. VR appeals to global businesses; therefore, applications need to be global and multi-player to guarantee benefits within training and operations.
3Products like Google’s Cardboard, Oculus and Samsung’s GearVR now allow standard smart phones to power the headset, allowing large amounts of immersion and interaction for the user via the same application. This alleviates the problem of being anchored to one spot but does create issues of providing one device per person.
4Currently, businesses are seeing huge benefits in VR training
applications but still face the challenge of putting 50 new starters through training one by one. Yes, it would be effective in the essence of only needing to provide one device and being able to record that each employee has completed the training, however the time to get all the employees through the training would be inefficient.
SO WHAT HAVE WE CREATED?
An online, multi-player, fully interactive VR training application that can be used to connect multiple employees together from all over the world, allowing them to view content simultaneously. This allows one trainer to deliver training to large number of users (up to 10,000 concurrently) from the company’s HQ.
The trainer can interact in a virtual space with users (up to 5, where VR devices are available in each location) while others watch the lesson from their mobile devices or web-based training screen. All attendees can interact, ask questions and the host can take hundreds of employees through step-by-step training quickly and efficiently. This is possible by building what is at its core, a serious, multi-device, multiplayer video game.
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WHERE DOES THE TECHNOLOGY GO NEXT
MYRIAD GLOBAL MEDIA DEVELOPS BESPOKE MULTI-PLAYER VR APPLICATIONS FOR GLOBAL BUSINESSES
Myriad Global Media has worked closely with our partners to
overcome the ‘multi-player’ issue, and that is to use a cloud-based
broadcasting system. Allowing a smaller number of users to carry
specific VR training together, that then broadcasts a live interactive
viewing platform so others in the business can watch and ask
Imagine a classroom, with the teacher at the front demonstrating
how a specific piece of equipment works (for example, a complex
jet engine or an expensive radiology machine) and a thousand
virtual students watching, able to ask questions or step up, put a
headset on and actively engage in the demo.
All businesses carry out practical training on specific equipment,
engines or technical components, which requires a large amount of
prior knowledge and can very expensive to implement. Plus,
bringing an individual to a site or training area can be costly,
especially if the area in question is remote, overseas or even in the
middle of the ocean. Therefore, using an online interactive
multi-player VR experience could prove to be extremely cost
effective and maximise the ROI in these situations.
All training encompasses theory and practical based methods, both
complementing each other. With interactive multi-player VR, users
can now supplement theory and practical training at the same
time. Dedicated training teams can reach audiences across the
globe from one location, saving costs and increasing volume. These
training experiences would complement traditional teaching with
specialist areas that could not traditionally be practically classroom
based. Plus, using recent studies on the psychology of VR it would
also significantly boost information retention and attract the
millennial workforce into otherwise unattractive industries
1. LEAD (HOST) HEADSET
The lead trainer will be immersed within the chosen VR application, taking the interactive training session. The lead trainer will ideally use a tethered VR headset (i.e. HTC Vive) to enable full movement around the scenario.
2. CLOUD-BASED OPERATING SYSTEM
In order to enable global operations, a cloud based server (provided by MGM, with endless employee logins) will host the multi-player platform. Minimum internet speeds of 200 KB/s have been achieved in poorly connected areas.
3. GLOBAL PARTICIPANTS (2-15 optimum)
Additional employees will be within the virtual training space, able to interact with the application alongside the Lead Headset, logging in from anywhere around the world. To maximise training engagement, we recommend 2 to 15 employees at once but can be 100’s.
4. LOGIN ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD
Unlimited audiences, employees and students can log-in and watch live training via three different device options, from multiple offices/sites. Alongside the 2 to 15 participants, thousands more employees can interact via mobile of desktop devices.
VIRTUAL REALITY USE CASES
REVOLUTIONISE YOUR INTERNAL TRAINING CAPABILITIES BY INTERACTING WITH A GLOBAL WORKFORCE VIRTUALLY
Imagine a classroom, with the teacher at the front demonstrating how a specific piece of equipment works (for example, a complex jet engine or an expensive radiology machine) and a thousand virtual employees watching, able to ask questions or step up, put a headset on and actively engage in the demo.
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