Extended reality (XR) training tech introduced by Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä Voyage has launched a new extended reality (XR) training and assessment system as the latest addition to its technology portfolio, to be called Smart Realities.

The system will be used to provide training for ship handling, bridge and marine engineering applications, allowing mariners to develop their skills and encounter true-to-life scenarios in a virtual environment.

“There is little doubt that virtual, augmented, and mixed reality applications will soon become an indispensable part of future volume training, both as co-located and distributed learning,” said Johan Ekvall, Head of Product, Simulation and Training at Wärtsilä Voyage.

“Smart Realities solutions are an essential extension of the Wärtsilä simulation platform, utilising existing validated exercises, ship models and visual areas, and having all of the available instructional tools that simulation operators expect and need to achieve their learning objectives.”

“By providing multi-player capability, instructors can enter the virtual environment with the learners, or collaborative scenarios can be achieved from remote locations, offering an incredible opportunity to enable significantly better learning with technology.”

Wärtsilä says that the new system can be applied to almost all technologies in navigation, engineering, and other training fields, as an extension of an existing simulator or set up as a stand-alone unit.

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