September was a good month to be looking into what the tech industry has been up to since the beginning of the year and what its plans for 2020 promise to bring. One highlight of September in Norway was the Nordic Edge conference, from 24th till the 26th.
Innovative solutions for a smart city – Nordic Edge Expo
This event is one of the biggest and most influential smart-city exhibitions and conferences in Europe. Nordic Edge attracts many of the leading companies and municipalities in the field of smart technologies and thoroughly places Stavanger on the technology map.
For this year, Nordic Edge had names such as Microsoft, Tieto, Stavanger Municipality, Lyse, Smedvig, Sparebank1 helping to boost the smart city solutions into the larger international market through the establishment of the Nordic edge innovation lab.
Sharing competence and technology across industries
On this Nordic Edge expo edition, the program focused greatly on the key enablers for success in different companies. It is believed that through a synergy of various sectors and a proper transfer of technology from one sector to the other, a smart city can be achieved. When that happens, the lives of everyone will be improved, both at work and at home.
PaleBlue was also invited to hold a presentation within the Pumps & Pipes track. Our managing director, Felix Gorbatsevich, talked about how we have tackled the transfer of Oil & Gas technologies to Biotechnology, Healthcare and Space industries.
In this area, PaleBlue has already created solutions that can be used to simulate environments that would have otherwise been difficult to reach.
Virtual Reality for Medical Training
In any industry where people come in contact with heavy equipment that is not only flammable but also explosive and toxic, there is a need for care to be taken to ensure that the personnel is properly trained in the safe handling and use of the various equipment.
Virtual Reality can and should be adopted in the health sector, as in Oil and Gas. It can provide doctors and surgeons with hands-on and effective training techniques to be able to deal with the complex health challenges and problems of patients.
One example of the numerous problems that require further training is the prevention of surgical site infections. These surgical site infections have been a serious, yet common problem that threatens the lives of patients –in their millions, both in rich and developing countries. This is contributing to the rising costs in hospitals and the health sector in general.
For instance, the World Health Organization has reported that patients in the United States are spending more than 400,000 extra days in the hospitals which are costing them more than $10B yearly. These and more can be avoided with a proper adaptation of Virtual Reality in the healthcare sector.
Modeling and simulation in biotechnology VR projects
In biotechnology, VR can help in understanding various infections, bacteria and micro-organisms, and how they operate for better knowledge on how to tackle them. It can also be used for a modern biotechnology process simulation. For the latter, the research of certain biotech products, like processed foods, etc. may be done virtually before they are synthesized. This way, the production process becomes easier and its costs can decrease significantly.
PaleBlue, for example, has already initiated a complex project, called Molecular VR, that allows you to literally walk inside a molecule, learn about its internal close-up structure, manipulate its atoms and see what your actions lead to.
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Looking forward, a natural next step is to concentrate our efforts also on developing solutions to help in VR medical training and telemedicine.
VR Simulation and training for Space projects
Similarly, in the space industry, Virtual Reality can be of great help. Because traveling to Mars – as well as traveling to other planets and the space in general, come with its challenges, there is a need to adopt the Virtual Reality technology to further help in teaching and instructing. It is difficult to exactly recreate the environments of these planets and space here on earth, but VR does just that, and more.
Travelling brings various challenges from exposure to radiation to a decrease in the body mass of the astronauts. But with VR, they can learn a lot before traveling, if need be. This helps those involved feel like they are right there in space.
In conclusion, Virtual Reality technologies may not only be applied to Oil & Gas but in various sectors as well, for improved results. We think that a good immersive VR solution will always allow clients to intensify, increase safety, and improve workflow.