Elbit Systems has showcased its Emergency Scenarios Virtual Reality Trainer (ESVRT) at the Tel Aviv HLS & Cyber 2016 this week. The new VR-based simulation trainer provides a realistic 3D virtual environment for training Emergency Response Teams (ERTs) to deal with a range of emergency scenarios, including ballistic missiles falling on an urban area, earthquake and disaster response, and search and rescue operations.
The ESVRT features virtual reality goggles, allowing visitors to experience virtually emergency scenarios as if they were part of an emergency response team and respond to challenging situations involving search and rescue of injured persons. Visitors will also be able to take part in the wearer’s experience, which will be projected on screens at the booth.
An important addition to the Company’s simulation training portfolio for home front forces, the new VR trainer further enhances simulation training capabilities and meets the evolving preparedness needs of military and civilian forces in emergency situations. The new system joins the Incident Command Team Training System (ICTTS) used for combined training of Israel’s home front command and ground force commanders in preparation for current and future security-related incidents, emergencies and threats. Elbit Systems has recently expanded ICTTS’ simulation capacities to allow addition of civil administration and municipality forces, who play a major role in emergency preparedness and decision-making.
The ICTTS simulator prepares designated emergency response teams and their headquarters for carrying out emergency operation plans in accordance with the municipality’s particular infrastructure and assets. The total training session is eight hours long, during which the participating trainees, including the mayor, carry out two major emergency scenarios as well as a range of related minor situations.
At the end of each training program, trainees are presented with a video-based reconstruction of events that includes the virtually generated threats that were operated in the different target areas, as well as the major challenges faced by the emergency forces and their responses. The reconstruction part of training consists of a presentation of sound recordings and video data collected from communications systems, and computer-generated animation of trainees’ responses to threats, including a comparison between perceived and actual operational conditions in the municipality.
Elbit Systems’ trainers provide advanced After Action Report (AAR) capabilities that allow trainees to evaluate, learn from and significantly improve their readiness for actual events.