Over the weekend Auggmed 21st & 22nd April, Auggmed conducted a validation study at the West Yorkshire Police training facility in Carrgate.
This very busy weekend involved training 80 trainee police officers, either through the Auggmed platform in Virtual reality or a live scenario using actors, or a combination of these two forms of training. The officers were being trained on how to deal with a suspicious package for the first time. Each officer has been asked to complete three assessments: one before the training, one directly after the training, and one two months after training in order to test knowledge retention.
Data collected from this study will be analysed at a later date and will be used to perform a comparison between the different forms of training.
The final pilot of Auggmed took place in the Port of Piraeus Port, Greece, on the 23rd of March. The aim of this pilot was to trial its Mixed Reality functionality. The platform has undergone many iterations throughout its lifespan, conducting pilots with end users along the way to obtain their feedback and improve the platform. The project had already conducted two trials with end users prior to this final pilot in Piraeus.
Auggmed aims to create a multimodal serious games platform for training first responders, with specific focus on training situational awareness and decision making. The platform aimed to develop three different modes: desktop; touch screen; Virtual Reality (VR); and Mixed Reality (MR). At the first stage of the project, the desktop and touch screen mode was trialled on West Yorkshire Police, the scenario used for the trial aimed to train firearms officers on how to respond to a firearms attack. The second stage of the project implemented VR, it was piloted at FGC head quarters in Barcelona. This pilot aimed to train the FGC security personnel on how to deal with a suspect package and SEM paramedics on emotional resilience and triage tagging in a post explosion scenario. The scenarios for each pilot were created specifically for the end users and were centred around their requirements.
Six scenarios were developed for the final pilot, these scenario’s involved searching the port for suspicious packages and weapons attacks. The security personnel needed to work together to respond to the situation in the best way possible. Whilst in Piraeus, Auggmed gained the attention of the local police, who showed interest in the platform, they were encouraged to participate in the scenario’s during the pilot, to allow them the opportunity to train and work together with the security personnel of the port, this was something they wouldn’t normally get the chance to do. Multi-agency training is one of the key advantages of the Auggmed platform, so this was an ideal opportunity to obtain feedback about this feature.
CENTRIC’s role in the pilot involved showing trainee’s how to use the platform and assisting with any technical issues. Overall the pilot was a success, and Auggmed received plenty of good feedback which can be used in the final review of the project.
For more information about Auggmed visit the project website.
As part of the Yorkshire Cyber Project, we have arranged events across Yorkshire and Humberside that are aimed at helping you to understand some of the risks you and your business face from an insecure cyber infrastructure or lack or cyber security planning.
At the events we will use scenarios that are based on real experiences of real businesses through which you will be able to test yourself and your organisation in tackling a multitude of problems. Some will be fairly simple, for example losing data either by a mislaid device such as a laptop, or something more immediate such as a ransomware attack.
Using a new interactive platform you will participate in an immersive experience to help you appreciate what you need to do back in the workplace to make your business safer online. The scenarios will be delivered through the platform allowing discussion and debate with colleagues.
We will have a team of experienced staff to help your learn and better protect yourselves.
All of the events are designed to help you learn and are not assessments, likewise the discussions amongst the participants are to help you learn about cyber security through credible experiences and case studies. You will also be able to speak to key stakeholders and have informative updates from a range of agencies.
Does this sound of interest to you? If so, sign up at our Eventbrite page now!!
We are excited to announce the launch of a new Yorkshire Cyber project. Yorkshire Cyber is a collaboration between CENTRIC and Stuart Hyde Associates to develop cyber resilience for SMEs across the Yorkshire and Humberside region.
Yorkshire Cyber, recognises that cyber-security support is often aimed at larger companies with conferences and events held in city centres. This reduces the opportunities for SMEs in smaller and more remote locations to receive the support and information that would assist them in building effective cyber resilience. Yorkshire Cyber will reach out to SMEs in a range of towns across Yorkshire by holding immersive, interactive events, using innovative technology, designed by CENTRIC, in order to fill this gap and extend the reach of essential support.
The project will engage directly with a number of SMEs from six locations across Yorkshire by:
This is a small-scale, short-term project that involves CENTRIC and Stuart Hyde Associates Ltd. The Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Organised Crime Unit are actively supporting the project and will, along with local police cyber units, be involved with the events. The impact of the project will be maximised by linking with other cyber-security bodies and organisations; this is currently being developed.
Yorkshire Cyber has received Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF), which supports and develops knowledge-based interactions between universities / colleges and the wider world and which results in economic and social benefit to the UK. The project began in December 2017 and will conclude in June 2018.
On Tuesday 9th January CENTRIC visited University Of Suffolk at the Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre to present a selection of our research and activities.
The event, hosted by University of Suffolk, was a huge success and focussed on Emerging and Current Challenges in Cyber Crime. Attended by academics, Law Enforcement Agencies and businesses the event was an opportunity for all parties to come together and find out how University of Suffolk aims to become a major research centre in Cyber related research.
You can read more about the event here.
Left to right: Professor Mohammad Dastbaz, deputy vice-chancellor; Helen Gibson, Operations Lead CENTRIC; Tim Passmore, police and crime commissioner; Emma Bond, Professor in the faculty of Arts, Business and Applied Social Science at University of Suffolk
Picture: James Fletcher Photography