The Hydra Immersive Simulation System (Hydra) is a unique immersive learning environment that enables the monitoring of real-time leadership and decision making in critical incidents. The Hydra system was designed by Professor Jonathan Crego MBE to allow users to work through learning scenarios that are focussed on decision-making skills. (For further information on Hydra Simulation and Hydra Suites please contact the Hydra Foundation at HydraFoundation.org)
Pure AV further supported the Hydra Foundation by providing the integrated Audio and Visual support for the installation in Canberra.
Our recent upgrade involved taking advantage of the very latest technology. Our first step was to visit the Lea Green site and spend time discussing the scope of the project and what we could do to add greater functionality, ease of use and create more physical space in the smaller rooms. We then developed ideas to deliver a future proof and fit for purpose solution.
The biggest challenge was to work with the small operational control space. We were able to install two four screen video walls, meaning both officers controlling the course and senior observing officers could see exactly what was happening at all times.
This was supported by an Extron multi image viewer, controlled from a Touch Screen AMX system, to show multiple, simultaneous, video and data images on the video walls. The final part of this upgrade was installing a wireless audio monitoring system so the control room could hear what was happening in syndicate rooms.
Our engineers delivered the systems upgrade on a tight deadline and fixed budget, dealing with any issues that arose on site quickly. We continue to work closely with the staff designing the learning programmes so they can effectively use the equipment we install. The upgrade has given the staff a better level of control combined with ease of use. We’re constantly reviewing our work with Merseyside Police and providing ongoing technical support.