RAYVN and Sklls have been awarded public funding for developing a simulator for emergency response training
RAYVN AS, and Sklls AS have been granted funding by Innovation Norway to enrich the emergency preparedness space by developing and delivering a simulator for emergency response training through a high-level technology stack and affluent expertise. The support granted by Innovation Norway amounts to 3.100.000 NOK and will be provided over a period of two years (2022- 2024).
“We are very grateful for the generous support by innovation Norway, and we are excited about our cooperation with Sklls on developing an emergency preparedness simulator, with the goal to increase the confidence of personnel who are a part of the emergency response organization,” says Erik Skaara, Chief Development Officer, RAYVN.
"Having a public-funded project to develop our current technology further is a milestone we are proud of and appreciate! The project is a great next step for Sklls, where we will be able to develop our product further and make it beneficial to a wider market.
By working closely with RAYVN and the pilot customer of the project, we can develop an even more attractive product that fulfills the actual users’ needs”, says Trine Bjørnsen, Chief Executive Officer, Sklls.
A training simulator
During rare yet critical events - such as pirate attacks or damage to a ship - personnel don't have time to consult manuals or scripts to handle the situation. Instead, they need to be able to 'Get it right the first time.
The main goal
When we ask the project coordinators about the main goal of the project, Trine says that “The project's goal is to build training scenarios to familiarize people from the marine shipping industry, for example, on how to communicate an emergency and quickly coordinate resources with key stakeholders such as the ship captain and next of kin personnel''. “The collaboration between RAYVN and Sklls will transform the training experience into a digital, scalable, and 24/7-available training simulator to ease the training process for personnel," adds Trine.
“This project will present new and innovative technology that contributes to raising the quality of efficient personnel training with much fewer resources when conducting training sessions. Setting up such a simulator will help businesses increase training frequency for personnel who are a part of the emergency response organization, hoping to build confidence in using RAYVN when an actual critical situation occurs, “ says Erik.
The collaboration between RAYVN and Sklls will transform the training experience into a digital, scalable, and 24/7-available training simulator to ease the training process for personnel
“In order to provide an adequate training simulator, developing the content and the technology will be based on imitating real-life crisis situations. These will be based on credible scenarios, using crisis actors from “pilot” RAYVN customers to bring the situation to life. Participants react to events in real-time and undertake actions as they would in a real situation. The scenario is adapted as participants engage with the exercise to ensure it remains challenging and that learning objectives are met.” says Erik.
“As well, pilot customer(s) will play a crucial role in providing input and shaping the domain knowledge of the simulator and its scenarios through conducting joint workshops and interviews. The training will be as realistic as possible, where participants will receive simulated phone calls from virtual callers. The callers will have their own scenarios, and it will be the participant's task to manage and handle these in the most efficient ways. We’re very excited about this project, and we hope this is the start of great cooperation between Sklls and RAYVN,” ends Trine
In order to provide an adequate training simulator, developing the content and the technology will be based on imitating real-life crisis situations... Participants react to events in real-time and undertake actions as they would in a real situation. The scenario is adapted as participants engage with the exercise to ensure it remains challenging and that learning objectives are met.
Sklls AS was founded in 2017 when a couple of Norwegians combined their backgrounds in simulation technology and business development from the energy sector and kicked off the development of the HiSklls simulator, in partnership with the Regional Centre for Emergency Medical Research and Development (RAKOS) and the Emergency Medical Communication Centre (AMK 113), in Stavanger Norway. Sklls is an AI-based communication simulator that can be used to develop communication skills, enhance confidence levels, reduce stress, and free up mental capacity for active listening and mission solving in the best possible way.