Crown Agents, an international not-for-profit that works to empower leaders have launched a new virtual reality (VR) tool to demonstrate the complexities of responding to humanitarian crisis. This new immersive VR experience is designed to expose the user to the difficult decisions that are faced by those responding to humanitarian crises.
Users of this immersive experience are invited to submit their own responses to testing situations, the tool then demonstrates the clarity and resilience required in moments of crises as its fictional story puts participants against an unfolding issue. The conclusion of the story within the tool highlights the high-level of skill and expertise required to make sound decisions which will help save lives during a time of crisis along with showing the risks and challenges faced by those on the ground.
The launch of the new VR tool marks twenty-five years since Crown Agents – in partnership with the British Government – set up a pioneering disaster response model. They first acted and delivered during the 1992 Bosnia conflict and have since growth from strength-to-strength to set up quick and effective disaster response to critical situations around the world. This includes the Boxing Day tsunami in Asia and the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.
“We’re proud to share this immersive experience with the world. It outlines the equipment that emergency responders are using today to save more lives in crisis situations.” Said Fergus Drake, Crown Agent’s CEO adding: “For the last 25 years Crown Agents has responded to the world’s largest emergencies and this gives a small indication of the challenges people face responding to famines, hurricanes and pandemics. Virtual reality allows us to go some way in accurately conveying the pressures of a humanitarian crisis and we hope it appeals to a new generation of those wanting to work in this life saving field.”
Though initially intended to help raise awareness of the required expertise in dealing with humanitarian crises, the VR experience now holds the potential to be developer into a training tool for those looking to join emergency relief teams. The tool is available to experience for yourself online here.
As Crown Agents continues to push forward, looking at new ways to ensure they are ready to go in the event of a humanitarian crises, VRFocus will be sure to bring you all the latest on their VR ventures.