Until 2020, the lives of people around the world were normal and outgoing. However, 2020 and 2021 have been the most challenging and unusual years of all our lives where most of us have remained locked inside our homes. This has not been different from country to country or for the rich and poor. In his recent interview Bill Gates- Microsoft co-founder said that his social life was a lot more digital than it used to be and his personal world has never felt smaller than it did over the last 12 months.
As the pandemic confined everyone indoors, one thing that kept things going was digital technology. Technology accelerated 10x in the last two years which would have otherwise taken decades. Work from home, virtual meetings, online schooling, digital payments, online gaming, telemedicine, and virtual training are becoming the new normal and way of life.
DIGITISATION IN TRAINING
As workplace learning is seriously hit by the pandemic, classroom training sessions have become practically impossible and companies are resorting to blended learning models using technologies like Virtual Reality, Simulation, and gamified learning to help them train virtually in remote situations and develop a pool of skilled manpower ready for jobs.
Being a leader in the training and simulation space for over a decade, Tecknotrove took responsibility to find unique ways to use technology and digitize training This article will shed light on the major challenges that the industry faced with respect to training and how Tecknotrove worked closely with industry to develop innovative solutions for training and helped businesses overcome the challenges.
HELPING INDUSTRIES MOVE THEIR TRAINING FROM ANALOG TO DIGITAL
Hands-on, self-paced training are some of the major benefits that lured organizations towards virtual simulated training. Employees stay better focused and retain knowledge with immersive technology employed during training. Tecknotrove was in the forefront of assisting organizations overcome training challenges with its simulation solutions. Some of the organisations that Tecknotrove worked with for digital training implementation over the past 2 years include organizations like Linde, IIT Mumbai L&T, Maruti, Toyota, GMR, India Chemical Council as well as the Delhi International Airport.
SIMULATOR TRAINING FOR HAZARDOUS GOOD TRANSPORTATION
Transporting hazardous goods from one place to another is a risky process and requires special skills. During the pandemic, there was an evident shortage of skilled drivers who could handle hazardous chemicals. Linde – a leading global industrial gases and engineering company appointed Tecknotrove – simulation and VR specialist to develop a simulation training program that would train drivers on hazchem transportation. Tecknotrove set up a simulation centre for Linde with a tanker truck simulator on which drivers could be easily trained in a safe simulated environment for safe transportation of hazardous goods on a variety of terrains and driving situations. Pedestrian crossing, distractions and other driving scenarios are easily replicated so drivers can be prepared with the most ideal response when driving on the actual road. The facility is training Linde drivers on defensive driving skills and giving them an experience of real-life consequences of negligence on road.
SIMULATORS FOR TESTING DRIVERS
Effective training and testing of drivers are one of the most important prerequisites for road safety. The Royal Oman Police (ROP), in an attempt to improve road safety, partnered with Tecknotrove to supply driving simulators to train and test heavy vehicle drivers on Oman roads. The simulators are customized to suit Oman’s driving conditions and designed in line with traffic regulations prevalent in Oman so that the drivers could be trained and tested in scenarios bearing close resemblance to actual driving conditions. The simulators facilitate training and testing in both Arabic and English so language barriers don’t interfere with the learning process. The digitisation of driver training and testing will help Oman police develop the skills of their drivers faster and ensure that they are better acquainted with the terrains.
SIMULATORS FOR AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH
Driving simulators are in great demand by research institutes dedicated to assessing driver behavior on roads under various conditions. Driver behavior is affected by traffic conditions, weather, road engineering, distractions from digital devices or alcohol consumption. Such conditions cannot be tested on actual roads and requires a realistic simulated environment that can assess a driver’s behaviour under a number of dangerous conditions without the actual risk.
One such example of a driving simulator being used for research purposes can be found in IIT Mumbai. Tecknotrove designed a Motorbike Simulator and Truck Simulator that will help IIT Mumbai to assess the behavior of drivers on different road and traffic conditions . The driving simulators installed at the research facility are designed with customized software with the capability of conducting multiple researches on the same hardware. One such study conducted by the institute is to study the response time and total braking time of drivers under partial sleep deprivation compared with no sleep deprivation using a driving simulator. Driver reactions to sudden unpredictable events were monitored effectively as simulators use immersive technology to create conditions similar to the real world.
Benefits of Shifting Training Processes from Analog to Digital
Digital transformation is imperative in today’s world and organizations are looking at integrating technology into every aspect of their operations. Training is one significant area where digital transformation can produce incredible results. Listed below are key benefits of shifting training processes from analog to digital:
1. Immersive learning leading to higher knowledge retention.
A classroom-based training model with books, pen, paper and an instructor doesn’t always translate to productive sessions. On the contrary, digital training delivers immersive learning experiences, making the learning process more fun and interactive. Knowledge is retained better as learners are actively participating as opposed to passively watching.
2. Reduced training costs
Traditional methods of training may seem inexpensive in the beginning. But the compromised productivity of employees only proves costly for organizations in the long run. Digital training using Simulation and VR makes great business sense as it can train 3 times faster, allows focused training of groups, increases performance and productivity, subsequently resulting in a pool of skilled employees which is invaluable to the company
3. Establishes a good company culture
Training and induction sessions play a critical role in establishing company culture. Employees who resonate with the company’s goals and values develop a sense of belonging towards the organization. Interactive training using immersive VR technology can help employees better understand company culture and identify themselves as dedicated employees working towards a shared vision.
4. Attracts millennial talent
Millennials today aren’t just driven by monetary benefits. There are several other aspects to a job that lures employees towards a certain organization. And one of those is the quality and effectiveness of training processes. A modernized company with the latest training techniques is naturally deemed a better fit for career development by millennials.
5. Optimize process efficiency
From recruitment to training, the integration of technology paves the way for better productivity and efficiency. It isn’t just the employees who benefit from digital training. Organizations can assess employee performance, assign job roles accordingly, make better decisions and improve overall efficiency and revenue generation simply by modernizing training processes and eliminating errors.
Digital transformation is not just about modernizing a few processes here and there. It’s about strategizing digital transformation with due diligence so it brings tangible results for the organization. And as simulator solutions look poised to revolutionize training processes across industries, organizations will look for ways to capitalize on these technologies and gain the first mover advantage.
With that being said, the success of these innovative training programs is contingent on how it is implemented. Tecknotrove is at the forefront of delivering tailored, cutting-edge training solutions Across a spectrum of industries. Over the last couple of years, Tecknotrove has helped dozens of organizations accelerate their digital transformation and revolutionize their training processes via VR and simulator technologies.
Tecknotrove has 30+ years of experience of working closely with startups and legacy enterprises across industries and countries, helping them deploy sophisticated simulator training solutions for critical training applications. Our simulator solutions are aligned with our clients’ organizational demands and help them catalyse digital transformations that generate long term value . Get in touch with us today to learn more and see how you can implement digital training solutions in your organization.