Civilian Applications

Minerva for the Emergency Services

Minerva offers a versatile, operational incident training package that integrates a mixture of live, virtual and constructive environments to deliver a fully immersive training experience.

By exploiting the latest satellite communications and GSM technology, Minerva has genuine ‘go anywhere’ nationwide capability, meaning that collaborative training exercises can take place across several brigade and force areas at the same time without the need for any fixed, ground-based infrastructure – the operational area can become the training ground.

A typical training scenario can involve a combination of beat officers, mobile patrols, Police or Coastguard helicopters, the full range of fire and rescue vehicles, local authority decision-makers, Highways Authority, Urban Search & Rescue teams, Ambulance Service capabilities and/or tactical & surveillance officers, all commanded by any combination of Shift Sergeants, Watch Commanders, Bronze – Silver – Gold HQs or civic authorities on the ground feeding information back to a central Exercise Control unit.

Training personnel to get the best when working cooperatively and achieve success – against any incident– is a growing challenge for today’s trainers, especially when set against the background of budgetary constraints, restrictions on risk to service personnel and the public, and scarce yet necessary resources.

Minerva addresses these challenges by mirroring this multi-strand, operational approach and integrating instrumented emergency equipment and ‘real’ personnel out in the brigade or force area, with personnel operating a range of virtual critical hardware, thus enabling a fully-immersive, operational training experience to take place in real time.

Remote Representation – The Minerva system enables the user to take the simulated environment out of the ‘class room’ and into the real world. Minerva offers a range of remote synthetic interaction systems that offer the same look and feel as real equipment, but represent the synthetic environment. Examples of these include synthetic UAV emulators and complex observation systems that can be deployed in exactly the same way as the real equipment and therefore enable the user to train in a live, virtual and constructive environment, just as if they are using the real equipment.

The Minerva system is unique in that it is not tied to any infrastructure, can be deployed anywhere in the world and is designed to work out of the box.