On the heels of Axon’s VR Simulator launch last month, Robert Murphy, Senior Director of Virtual & Augmented Reality, and Jada Williams, VR/AR Design Lead, provide insight into how Axon's Virtual Reality platform is changing the landscape of public safety training as we know it.
In just the few short years since VR’s launch into the public safety realm, we’ve already seen positive training outcomes. And with an audacious mission to obsolete the bullet, we are creating innovative ways to help save lives and building diverse teams to help get us there.
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What brought Jada Williams to Axon was the long-term vision to be a part of a societal change for good. As Axon is in a position to produce the tools that can provide that change, she is excited to be at the forefront to embrace the challenges that come with applying technology in new ways, especially in the realm of helping others.
Robert Murphy shared that saving lives weighs heavily on his mind, and is a tremendous responsibility. There aren't many tech jobs that support such an important goal. With Axon's mission in mind and his own desire to make an impact for social good, he was enthusiastic about joining the VR team to apply his talents to create an application that has the capacity to make a significant impact to our society.
In the past three years, VR has gained a lot of ground in training for public safety. Murphy explained that his entry into VR was through gaming, as it is for most people. But he and Williams soon realized it's so much more.
"I was initially skeptical about the application and adoption of VR within public safety. But when you look at the science behind how it can be used and applied in public safety, VR training provides so many benefits. And with both vertical and horizontal applications, we can do so much more with VR."
VR is quickly becoming so much more than gaming- and we believe it will transform public safety. Using VR that places officers in unexpected situations and new encounters in a way that the body and mind remember is beyond what any trainer could hope for. There is room for improvement in de-escalation and decision-making training that helps protect officers and community from harm. VR has quickly become a way to address that in a way that traditional training simply cannot replicate.