Risking one’s own life to save people in need
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an independent, global movement providing medical aid to people in regions affected by armed conflicts, irrespective of country borders. Risking their own lives, they provide assistance in areas abandoned by other organizations. This undertaking was coordinated by Andreas Papp from MSF.
VR training development
Reducing the threat to the lives of doctors being sent to areas affected by armed conflict
The client needed a training application that would considerably improve the quality of doctors’ training aimed at preparing them to leave for dangerous areas – in this case, action of our VR for NGO simulation is set in refugee camps in South Sudan.
Until recently, such training consisted of dramatization + theoretical information about a given region, in fact, not reflecting real-life conditions there.
Although the organization has grown significantly, training could not be scaled up accordingly. Courses are still provided in one country only, and employees often cannot afford to attend them for 1-2 weeks. Thanks to our VR for NGO app, there is no need for that anymore.
Through lack of training caused by insufficient funding, doctors going to Africa make such mistakes as jogging – unaware that in Africa people run only when someone is chasing them – and causing general panic in the refugee camps.
The software solution was aimed to resolve challenges related to:
Improved customer service efficiency and customer experience through interactive training
Training and education application – a complex tool to support the learning process concerning doctors leaving for missions. Its biggest advantages are safety, and immersive, engaging, realistic experience.
The client submitted materials related to the company’s current training courses. We analyzed them and proposed a scenario that conveyed the required message, taking advantage of our experience from previous training course developments.
Thanks to VR it is possible to launch the training in many different places, so as to no longer carry anybody, and thus no longer incur costs. The training can be repeated as many times as needed to measure and monitor the progress of individuals.
Not only does the VR for NGO app present real-life conditions, but it also simulates citizens’ and soldiers’ behavior, as well as conversations with them. Additional simulated elements include various emergency situations, such as a mine-infested roadside, which requires specific actions (i.e. under no circumstances should you leave the road).
VR for NGO training is a very important educational tool for the safety of future doctors working in dangerous regions of the world.
Amazing technology stack
The VR for NGO project was developed in Unity 3D. Faces were scanned and modeling was done in Maya software. Motion capture was done using iPi Soft Markerless Motion Capture technology working in tandem with Kinect cameras. Apart from that, we also employed Samsung Gear VR and Gesture Control technology.