FreeRangeXR and HTC Vive develop workplace safety training solution 1

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The all-in-one Vive Focus Plus has been paired with ElevateXR from FreeRangeXR to provide organisations with a training solution that HTC Vive says will save them time and money while equipping their employees with the knowledge they need to stay safe on the job

Quick read

➨ ElevateXR, featuring simulated real-world scenarios that test users’ knowledge of safety protocols in high-risk environments, is being bundled with Vive Focus Plus, HTC Vive’s all-in-one enterprise VR headset
➨ FreeRangeXR has developed modules that currently address fall protection, lockout/tagout, also known as the control of hazardous energy, and confined spaces
➨ Organisations that opt for the Vive Focus Plus ElevateXR Kit will gain access to a portable, easy-to-deploy and easy-to-maintain standalone device with 6DoF

The story

FreeRangeXR, the US-based developer of VR and AR training simulations for enterprise, has built a workplace safety solution in partnership with HTC Vive.

ElevateXR, featuring simulated real-world scenarios that test users’ knowledge of safety protocols in high-risk environments, is being bundled with Vive Focus Plus, HTC Vive’s all-in-one enterprise VR headset.

FreeRangeXR has developed modules that currently address fall protection, lockout/tagout (LOTO), also known as the control of hazardous energy, and confined spaces.

Each module contains three lessons that take users through the steps of navigating these complex workplace scenarios. These lessons complement existing annual certification tests, further reinforcing the importance of proper on-the-job training.

Fall protection training module
Fall protection training module

The fall protection module teaches trainees how to inspect proper and functional personal protective equipment and distinguish safe anchor points and lifelines from unsafe ones, as well as allowing trainees to use best practices while working at height.

LOTO training module
LOTO training module

As a LOTO plan defines the necessary steps to disable equipment that could release hazardous energy, the ElevateXR module allows trainees to simulate the full procedure, from isolating energy and then repowering it again.

The module reaffirms collaborative behaviours that ensure trainees can protect themselves and others in isolating potentially hazardous energy sources, including learning to inspect proper and functional personal protective equipment, and identifying equipment that requires LOTO and those that do not.

Confined space training module
Confined space training module

The confined space training module reinforces the importance of situational awareness and environmental evaluation with simulated confined space scenarios. 

It will familiarise workers with the use of necessary personal protective gear and tools such as radios, gas monitors, and air blowers.

Organisations that opt for the Vive Focus Plus ElevateXR Kit will gain access to a portable, easy-to-deploy and easy-to-maintain standalone device with 6DoF.

The kit includes The Vive Focus Plus headset, the pre-installed ElevateXR training application, and Vive’s business and warranty services. It’s available now in the US.

HTC believes Vive Focus Plus is ideal for training because it boasts a 2880 x 1600 combined resolution that fully immerses users in sessions, full 6DoF to enable seamless interaction that leads to deeper engagement, and an ergonomic design that offers a more balanced, comfortable experience, ideal for extended sessions in VR.

Dan O’Brien, global head of enterprise at HTC, said: “Virtual reality is changing the way we learn, including how companies and organisations train employees and reinforce safety protocols. We developed ElevateXR to provide an all-in-one training solution that allows trainees and employees to receive real-life safety training in VR, without real-life consequences.”

“Effective in accelerating training around the top workplace hazards, ElevateXR saves firms time and money while equipping their employees with the knowledge they need to stay safe on the job.”

Pairing a headset with a dedicated training solution is absolutely the right move for HTC Vive as a headset maker and FreeRangeXR as a developer.

A bundled solution means organisations with training as their only use case can access precisely what they need, with no distractions.

The tricky part for interested organisations is gaining access to simulations that suit their unique needs.

ElevateXR sounds excellent, but it has been developed specifically for health and safety in high-risk environments, so it’s far from one-size-fits-all.

HTC Vive’s dedicated enterprise unit will no doubt work with organisations to give them exactly what they need, but will we see a bundle for every occasion?

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Main image: FreeRangeXR has developed modules that currently address fall protection, lockout/tagout and confined spaces

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