UN Women Moldova and EON Reality Use AVR to Help End Domestic Violence

The three-way partnership will bring Augmented and Virtual Reality training applications to police forces in Moldova and beyond.

IRVINE, CA, August 14, 2019 – Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences and EON Reality have partnered with United Nations Women Moldova as one of their innovation initiatives.

As part of an ongoing applied research and development program, the past year has seen serious progress working together on the use of Augmented and Virtual Reality (AVR) technologies to reduce gender-based violence.

In a series of development consultations and workshops which began last year, diverse groups of participants used roleplaying techniques to discover positive and negative behaviors from police officers, social workers, and other involved actors that could be simulated in an AVR environment. Among those in attendance at the consulting sessions and workshops have been representatives from Moldova’s General Police Inspectorate, Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection, Ministry of Education, Culture and Research, and National Bureau of Statistics as well as ATIC – Moldovan Association of ICT Companies, and several international organizations working in the field of women’s rights.

By using a wide variety of settings and responses to create different realistic scenarios for interactions — such as working with shelters for victims of domestic violence, being the first responder to a domestic violence call, talking to perpetrators of domestic violence, and issuing restraining orders — the collaboration then found which ones could be directly translated into digital interactions in AVR.

“This is very innovative. It’s a powerful training method that provides you an opportunity to learn by doing. Once you have made the VR application, it can be distributed to any number of users as long as they have a phone, which makes it very cost effective.”
Bjorn Bakken, Professor at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences

As a result, the three-way partnership has developed AVR applications to be used in a head-mounted display (such as an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive) as a Proof of Concept for the project. These immersive sessions provide both a safe space and endlessly revisable training simulation for police officers around the world to practice working in distressing, painful, and potentially dangerous situations — all without the consequences they’d face in the real world. The interactive and recordable nature of this training also allows officers to receive feedback on the decisions they make within these virtual training environments, so they have the experience to act faster, smarter, and with more empathy when faced with the situation in real life.

The collaboration continues the internationally recognized innovative approaches that UN Women Moldova has implemented since 2015. Using AVR technology to expand their efforts, UN Women Moldova is ambitiously looking to work with police departments both in their country and around the world to change the psychological patterns and practices of officers.

“A training approach based on concrete situations will give police officers a better understanding of how they should act.”
Ghenadie Neamţu, Chief of Public Security Department of General Police Inspectorate

About EON Reality
EON Reality is the world leader in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) based knowledge transfer for industry and education. EON Reality’s success is tied to its belief that knowledge is a human right and should be available, accessible, and affordable for every human on the planet. To carry this out, EON Reality, since 1999, has developed the de-facto standard for Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality-based knowledge transfer software that supports devices from mobile phones to large immersive domes. EON Reality’s global app development network, with twenty-two locations worldwide, has created the world’s leading AR/VR library for knowledge transfer with over 8,000 applications. Over 40 million people worldwide have downloaded these applications. For further information, visit www.eonreality.com.

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2019-08-14T09:44:17+00:00