Hydra is an immersive training simulator used by the police, fire service and other organisations involved in incident management. 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 see HydraFoundation.org)
Tony Crossley, Director at Pure AV, was involved in designing the AV element of the Hydra system and during the last decade has developed specialist expertise in this area, working with and installing systems with the Hydra Foundations across the UK and Internationally.
Our ongoing relationship with Merseyside Police has allowed us to continually develop the system to make it one of the most technically advanced, robust and easy to use learning systems in the UK.
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.