Greater Manchester Combined Authority, GB funds Unbroken VR training for domestic violence help
VR developer Mother Mountain Productions contracted with the authority for Unbroken's development. Unbroken is divided into two tracks - Insight and Flourish - for council officials and non-profit services, respectively. Insight's immersive experiences of coercive control based on interviews with 15 survivors improve staff awareness. Flourish provides tools like life coaching and meditations for different stages of organizational assistance.
Greater Manchester Combined Authority, GB
Suffolk County Council, GB develops virtual reality application for residents with dementia
Suffolk County Council approved a contract with Spark for a VR application dedicated to dementia care. The Digital Care Team will turn ideas from care providers and the community into engaging virtual activities. A prototype of the app will be tested in at-home and care home settings with feedback used for further development. This project uses £80,000 from the Suffolk 2020 Fund and complements existing dementia care tools like AV theme rooms.
Suffolk County Council, GB
South Dublin County Council, IE AWS Think Big Space stimulates STEM learning among community members
The Tallaght-based facility is the first of its kind in Europe and builds on South Dublin's relationship with AWS. Students and teachers visit AWS Think Big Space for free workshops on virtual reality and robotics. These sessions and monthly events allow participants to engage with technologies that will become more commonplace in the future. AWS Think Big Space also offers cloud computing courses and AWS certifications for adult learners.
South Dublin County Council, IE
Miami Gardens, FL immerses residents in local attractions with its Virtual City Metaverse
Miami Gardens collaborated with CEEK on a virtual representation of the city. User avatars explore Virtual City locations like Hard Rock Stadium and Florida Memorial University without leaving home. The CEEK VR app supports easy navigation of virtual Miami Gardens on VR headsets, mobile devices, and tablets. Project leaders plan virtual events and access to digital services for expanded Virtual City functionality.
Miami Gardens, FL
Cornwall Council, GB brings Newquay Futures development project to life with a VR experience
The Newquay Futures project proposes active travel infrastructure and new community spaces for the coastal town. Cornwall Council and Digital Urban incorporated these proposals into a virtual reality version of Newquay. This VR experience includes 360-degree images, city sounds, and virtual neighbors viewed from a cyclist's perspective. Cornwall residents provide feedback after their VR experiences at three community events.
Cornwall Council, GB
Asbury Park, NJ partnered with Rutgers University to research pop-up bike lanes with VR technology
The city of Asbury Park partnered with Rutgers University researchers to determine the best placement for bike lanes. The research involved the use of virtual reality-capture technology, traffic cameras, and lidar footage to evaluate temporary bike lanes. The researchers tested the pop-up bike lanes, surveyed residents, and made recommendations to the city for its micromobility network.
Asbury Park, NJ
Eskilstuna, SE develops virtual reality training tool for its Jobbcirkus youth employment program
The city's Jobbcirkus team worked with Combitech AB and Reality Labs on the 360-degree VR program. Local students in grades 9 simulate post-secondary career and education decisions in a low-stress virtual environment. Each user learns about industries with talent shortages and experiences potential work environments. Eskilstuna plans an expansion of the technology into virtual site visits as well as broader use by residents facing career decisions.
Greater Manchester Combined Authority, GB Virtual_Decisions program addresses knife violence
Local officials and Round Midnight started with a virtual reality training pilot across 31 schools. The VR program placed 1,395 students into a simulated situation with multiple potential outcomes. Participants discussed the roots of violent behavior and smart decision-making over a 12-week curriculum. Virtual_Decisions was expanded to all schools with Year 5 through 8 students as Greater Manchester seeks reductions in youth violence.
Greater Manchester Combined Authority, GB
Härnösand, SE is building a training center that utilizes realistic virtual reality environments
The Municipality of Härnösand will be the first in Norrland to build a training center based entirely on virtual reality. The municipality's Learning Center is partnering with Technichus Science Center to develop this VR studio learning environment. The VR studio will utilize virtual reality technology to create realistic training environments for social interactions and conflict management with sensors that detect a participant's movement, body language, tone, word choice, etc.
Horn, NOE created the “360° Horn” website for visitors to experience the city in virtual reality
The city of Horn partnered with the Kunsthaus Horn event venue to create the “360° Horn” website for visitors to experience the city in virtual reality and promote tourism. The 360° Horn website consists of a large number of high-quality images with a 360° viewing angle which allows the user to experience the city virtually via computer, smartphone, or VR glasses.
Lake County, IN implemented the VirTra virtual reality simulator for police officer training
The Lake County Sheriff's Department partnered with VirTra to install a virtual reality simulator for police training. Officers must use verbal commands, body language, negotiation tactics, situational awareness, fake weapons, and various equipment to navigate realistic tense experiences. Trainers operating the control center can vary the on-screen responses based on the trainee's performance.
Lake County, IN
Southampton City Council, GB trains residents for the Future of Work with its Bodyswaps pilot
Southampton City Council selected Bodyswaps to advance its Future of Work initiative for a dynamic labor pool. Employment service providers host the virtual reality technology during the six-month pilot. Residents build interpersonal skills for interviews, inclusive leadership, and customer experiences during AI-enabled simulations. Council partners provide job placement and education services that complement VR training sessions.
Southampton City Council, GB