Friday, April 29, 2016

Virtual reality, next generation networks and disaster risk reduction

I'm preparing to make a presentation next month for a technical workshop of SafeNet Forum, South Korea's rough equivalent of FirstNet in the United States.  Both organizations, and their equivalents in a number of other countries, are made up of the major government, industry and other players involved in building nationwide, dedicated public safety LTE (PS-LTE) networks.  Consequently, the article in the Korea Joongang Daily announcing that Seoul National University has opened virtual reality (VR) classes for engineering students, caught my attention.
The forthcoming PS LTE networks, as they converge with the Internet of things (IoT) and other capabilities of future networks, are going to open up many capabilities.  Obviously, one of them will be to train first-responders so that they are familiar with the structures in which they will have to respond to emergencies, whether those are nuclear power plants, high rise buildings, apartment complexes or other types of structures.  We're moving into interesting territory these days, given steady advances in digital network technology and convergence.

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