Improving workplace safety with VR get Griffith students top gong

A group of Griffith students took out the top award at the 2018 Opmantek Awards by creating health and safety solutions for factory and production line workers using virtual reality (VR).

On October 24, three of the highest achieving groups from Griffith multimedia, design and IT presented their Industry Project in competition for $2000 of funding – the finalists included Virtual Soccer Coach, CSI Application and Vision VR.

The award-winning group Vision VR were able to use the unique capabilities of VR to tackle complex issues of health and safety for factory and production line workers.

This allows employees to familiarise themselves with training, machinery and daily operations. The detailed and varied training modules allow for the guiding and assessment of employees’ safety, featured knowledge and protocols.

With the support and funding from Opmantek, these Griffith students will continue to lead the development of safer overall operations for future companies and employees.

Gold Coast City Councillor and judge Glenn Tozer said theimportance of training in a virtual environment is revolutionary in lowering the risk and injury rate of employees in our workplaces.

“Anyone can have a great idea – the difference between those who become phenomenally successful is the execution,” he said.

“Ensure to seek support from the community, with organisations such as the Gold Coast Innovation Hub. Overall, the Opmantek prize provides students the opportunity to develop business solutions and systems, to solve current issues in our community and workforces.”

Griffith University ICT & Work Integrated Learning Project Professor, Dr Andrew Lewis confirmed “Opmantek have given students the opportunity to work with not only their own company but exterior organisations, allowing them to learn, make mistakes and grow their technical abilities to succeed in their future workplaces.”

Opmantek Chief Technology Officer & NMIS Founder, Keith Sinclair who was also an executive judge said the Opmantek and Griffith University community project brings value to the IT industry.

“It was great to see training, learning and safety aspects featuring in the student projects, as well as reusability and business strategy integration being applied. For student and innovators to be successful in the technology industry and the workforce as a whole, you must have passion, conviction and persistence to drive you forward,” he said.

About Opmantek

Opmantek is a multi-award winning Software Company operating in the field of Intelligent Network Management and IT Audit software.

Opmantek’s commercial open source network management, and IT audit software, helps IT teams detect faults, review current and historical network performance, and predict where future failures are likely to occur.

Opmantek software is used by more than 100,000 organisations in 130 countries and manages some of the world’s most complex IT environments, including some of the world’s largest telecommunications carriers, managed service providers and banks.

While building their community of users, Opmantek has also sought to build the local Innovation community through the sponsorship and support of a number of initiatives aimed at increasing the knowledge, opportunity and expansion of innovative businesses. Opmantek are proud to partner with Griffith University for the 6th year to showcase and celebrate local talent and increase awareness of the Industry Projects program that Griffith deliver each semester.