The immersive virtual reality cube - a modern solution for the specialists training and critical infrastructure remote monitoring

The immersive virtual reality cube is one of the best three-dimensional visualization systems (3D) and the main outcome of the project "Research and Development Centre for the virtual reality applied to critical infrastructures, within the Pole of Competitiveness CREVIS".

"The CREVIS Pole of competitiveness for the economic productivity increase through the innovative use of the virtual reality providing services to critical infrastructure" is one of the main R&D projects undertaken in the region, which aims to create the first Centre of Excellence in Europe dedicated to critical infrastructure monitoring.

The most modern technological solutions have been identified and will be used in critical infrastructures monitoring and specialists’ trainings. The immersive virtual reality cube, a part of the cutting-edge laboratory, is a "CAVE" (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment) system type, which is currently one of the most powerful systems for three-dimensional (3D) visualization, significantly improving the way users can visualize, navigate and interact in virtual environments. 3D type CAVE system offers numerous advantages: improved sense of immersion, stereoscopic images of high definition, wide field of view, the possibility of individual or collective viewing (multiple users can collaborate, experiment and interact simultaneously).   

The virtual 3D Camera is an immersive and interactive environment where participants are surrounded by virtual images and 3D sound. They are able to maneuver and touch the objects of the created virtual environment. With motion tracking equipment and other virtual reality devices (virtual glove, joystick, HMD (Head Mounted Displays), etc.), the created virtual environment allows the user’s immersion. Actually, this environment is a true replica of a room and is currently the most advanced simulation experience of interactive virtual reality on the market.

The Virtual Camera will allow simulations of real environments (critical infrastructures) that are very difficult to analyze and monitor under normal conditions and can’t be easily reproduced because of high costs replication or other limiting factors (they are inaccessible in terms of localization, or having small or extra-large sizes etc.).

In this immersive virtual environment, experts in software programs and practical content development will conduct simulations and test virtual prototypes achieved individually or collectively by the CREVIS Pole members. Trainings for innovative products using, developed in this research and development projects can be organized here. The trainings organized within the center will be open to both, research and development specialists within the CREVIS Pole and specialists from other organizations (customers acquiring products and services developed within the project).

The immersion virtual reality cube represents one of the main results contributing to the sustainability of the project. In the future, technological researches will be achieved here, the virtual camera being a modular system that will enable further integration of other last generation equipment emerging in the market.

About the CREVIS Pole of competitiveness

The CREVIS pole of competitiveness is one of the main Research and Development projects developed in the region. CREVIS represents an ambitious collection of projects (investment & innovation projects) that aims at creating the first excellence center in Europe for remote-monitoring, resource training, simulation and virtual and augmented-reality monitoring in the critical infrastructure sector by using an immersive cube for virtual reality.

The Pole aims to increase the economic productivity in the critical infrastructure sector and related services through a research and development center, that uses innovative techniques of virtual and augmented reality along with real-time monitoring software to ensure the security of critical infrastructures, isolated targets in Romania, their maintenance and training and assistance for operational staff.

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