Danish bridge simulator company Force Technology has launched SimFlex Cloud, a dedicated SaaS (Software as a Service) offering providing online navigation training to the maritime industry both on shore and onboard vessels.
SimFlex Cloud builds on Force Technology’s existing navigation simulator systems, using the cloud-based infrastructure to also offer access to mixed reality simulation using both Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) headsets.
The system can link qualified instructors from Force Technology or the customer’s own network into the online environment to control all learning aspects, manage communication, create and deliver exercises, and carry out debriefing and evaluation for live participants located anywhere in the world.
SimFlex Cloud can also be used as a self-study tool, giving officers the ability to practice their skills using a laptop or desktop PC and monitor set up, as well as using the optional VR or AR headsets.
“With our focus on realism boosted by VR and AR accessibility, Force Technology has taken the lead in cloud training with SimFlex Cloud,” said Jan Michelsen, Head of Department, Simulation, Ports & Training, Force Technology.
“We’re delighted to extend our simulator portfolio with reliable, secure and easy to manage cloud capabilities and are confident that our flexible approach will enable our customers to optimise their navigation training programs across borders, on land and at sea.”
“While navigational safety and competence drives our simulator development work at Force Technology, SimFlex Cloud also offers significant logistical advantages over attending training courses at physical facilities, including reduced travel costs, increased sustainability as a result of less employee travel, and continued access to high quality training in light of Covid-19 travel restrictions.”