Oculus partner with Immerse to provide training for world’s largest logistics company
VR’s potential for enterprise training has been well-touted. The technology is about to take a big step into actual real-world use cases with a big new partnership with DHL.
The world’s largest logistics company has announced that it will working with Oculus and British VR startup Immerse to build what it hopes will be a pioneering ‘virtual learning world’.
The global initiative was announced by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and VR leader Hugo Barra at the Oculus Connect 4 conference keynote speech in California.
The announcement is an important one, as it signifies one of the world’s largest corporations making a commitment to put VR training right in the middle of their learning programmes. Hundreds of thousands of staff members will experience the Immerse-created VR experience, which puts them in various employment-related scenarios.
Users will be able to interact with objects and operate virtual versions of technical equipment, such as cargo lifts.
"This is about simulating complicated scenarios in our operating environment. It provides a realistic way to practice skills and interact with global colleagues using role plays and gamification,” Rick Jackson, Global Head of CIS DHL Express, said.
“We see VR as a powerful tool for employee engagement and motivation. This is the first stage of a three-year process of embedding VR at the centre of how we build and train teams across our global network."
The first scenario is designed to build awareness of VR and its training potential across the company. DHL then plans to roll out VR as a part of its Certified International Specialist (CIS) programme in 2018.
CIS will involve over 100,000 DHL employees across the globe, making it one of the largest corporate change management and employee engagement programmes of recent history.
"We're hugely excited to be powering such an ambitious VR initiative at one of the world's largest companies,” Tom Symonds, CEO, Immerse, said.
“We can record and analyse every action performed in the platform, so that both trainer and trainee can be monitored for progression and success, and meaningful dashboards can be created to track an individual’s activity."
This is not the first time that DHL has dabbled with cutting-edge technology in order to maximise the efficiency of its staff. The company has already utilised an AR solution called Vision Picking to revolutionise the way that orders are picked in its warehouses.