ITA Showcases Effective Use Cases of VR and AR
To showcase the potentials and applications of the immerging 4 industrial revolution technologies in business and industrial uses, the Information Technology Authority (ITA), represented by Sas Center for Virtual Reality held yesterday a networking session at the Public Authority for Civil Aviation with the presence of Eng. Omar Bin Salim Alshanfari, Deputy CEO for Operation at ITA and attended by a number of representatives from government and private entities.
The session aims at presenting the benefits and different applications of VR and AR as well as sharing successful experiences of effective use for these technologies. During the session, Occidental of Oman, the military Technological College and Oman Medical Specialty Bored / Medical Simulation center presented and discussed their experiences in using virtual and augmented reality technologies.
The event was accompanied by an exhibition which projected 8 VR and AR projects developed by the graduates of Sas.VR Center in cooperation with different entities that wished to benefit from these technologies to make their projects more interactive and effective. The projects types include games, VR applications for training and educational purposes and immersive VR environment for some touristic and heritage sites in Oman.
“Sas Center for Virtual Reality (Sas.VR) was established in 2014 to be a regional center that provides the infrastructure needed for developing virtual reality applications and multimedia content as well as skills development by providing training to Omani talented people and encouraging them to be entrepreneurs in this field,” said Muna Bint Khalfan Alshithani, Senior Projects Specialist at ITA. .
“Virtual Reality is a full digital virtual reality environment –mostly three dimensional that allows users to live an interactive real digital experience. Whereas Augmented Reality is based on the addition of virtual contents on real environment examples of which are some of the games and apps such as “SnapChat” and Pekimon,” she explained. Muneer Bin Hammad Almahrooqi, the Military Technology College, one of the entities that benefited from Sas.VR training, described the VR training Center which was established at the college to serve the practical needs of all the specializations.
Bader Bin Saif Allamki, Head of Training and Development Team at Occidental Oman, presented the company's experience in using the virtual reality in training and development. He said, we thought of adopting the virtual reality Technology in training when the financial allocations for training decreased. We decided to use this technology to ease the transfer of training to trainees instead of relying on direct observation or personal training through the user manual, especially in the oil fields. We used this technique in the water treatment plant that uses the oil flow and the generator.” “The virtual reality helped us reduce the costs of mobility from and to the oil fields along with facilitating knowledge transfer between staff,” he further added.
Khalid Khalifa Alkhanbashi from the Medical Simulation Center at Oman Medical Specialty Bored presented the Center's experience in benefiting from SAS.VR Training, saying, “A practical application has been implemented for a number of cases in different parts of the body starting from the arrival of the patient until treatment, And then we benefited from the virtual reality technology to describe those cases and to deal with them medically so that doctors can benefit from each in his field to see all those cases and learn from them. This saved a lot of money and time of trainees and give high accuracy of training.”
It is worth to mention that virtual reality has several other uses in medicine, manufacturing, marketing, entertainment, defense, oil and gas, tourism, environment, industry, architecture, engineering and heritage.