Wärtsilä Voyage, Part of Wärtsilä Technology Group, Launches Smart Realities, a Fully Immersive Extended Reality (XR) Training and Assessment Solution for Ship Handling, Bridge and Marine Engineering Applications
According to Wärtsilä, Smart Realities apps can transform the way maritime educational content is delivered, improving student learning and engagement and inspiring a new generation of tech-savvy sailors as the shipping industry continues to grow. adopt the latest smart and green technologies. The solution combines today’s technology with 25 years of experience in high-fidelity hydrodynamic, mathematical and physical modeling to deliver the level of realism that is essential for knowledge growth and retention in complex maneuvers and operations, the company said.
“There is no 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. Smart Realities solutions are an essential extension of the Wärtsilä simulation platform, using existing validated exercises, ship models and visual areas, and having all the available educational tools that simulation operators expect and need. need to achieve their learning goals,” said Johan Ekvall, Product, Simulation and Training Manager at Wärtsilä Voyage. “By providing multi-player capability, instructors can enter the virtual environment with learners, or collaborative scenarios can be done from remote locations, providing an incredible opportunity to enable significantly better learning with technology. “
“I believe Smart Realities add value to the training programs that are already in place here at Maritime Skills Academy. The emphasis is on situational awareness and decision making. The solution creates real-world immersive environments to simulate operations performed aboard any ship, and the realistic scenarios improve learning retention, job performance, and team collaboration. We are very pleased with the unique learning outcomes and approaches that Smart Realities has given us,” said Captain Josip Kulas, Director of Training and Simulation, The Maritime Skills Academy.
Smart Realities is a versatile solution that can be applied in almost any technology in navigation, engineering and other training fields, Wärtsilä said. It can be added as an extension of an existing simulator to complete it with a bridge wing scenario and other configurations or be configured as a standalone or portable solution.