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FORCE Technology and Varjo Bring Game-Changing VR/XR Training to the Maritime Industry

March 18, 2024 – Helsinki, Finland / Copenhagen, Denmark – FORCE Technology, a leader in simulation-based maritime technology, engineering and training, and Varjo, the global technology leader in industrial-grade virtual and mixed reality hardware and software, have signed a strategic frame agreement. The partnership positions FORCE Technology as Varjo’s integrator partner, focusing on delivering advanced VR and XR training solutions to maritime customers worldwide.

The collaboration aims to launch a compact, highly portable, immersive training solution that can be transported and deployed anywhere. This solution represents a leap forward in maritime training accessibility and efficiency, significantly cutting down on the cost and logistical challenges associated with traditional maritime training methods.

Effective, Accessible, and Cost Reduced Training

The collaboration brings together FORCE Technology’s deep-rooted experience in maritime simulations and Varjo’s innovative mixed reality technology. The result is a training solution that not only cuts costs by a huge margin compared to traditional simulators but also boosts the quality of training with realistic immersive scenarios.

“We’re excited to take maritime training to the next level. The unparalleled visuals of the new Varjo XR-4 Series headsets, combined with our software and simulation know-how, will make this VR/XR solution a game-changer, offering flexibility and cost-savings the industry hasn’t seen before. Our aim is to bring effective training closer to the point of need, from classrooms to onboard ships,” says Capt. Jan Michelsen, FORCE Technology’s Simulation, Ports, Training and Human Factors Director.

Meeting the Needs in the Maritime Industry

The global maritime industry is currently facing a shortage of skilled seafarers, and there’s a pressing need for training solutions that are not just effective but also scalable and easy to deploy. FORCE Technology and Varjo’s immersive training solutions address these challenges head-on, making it easier for companies to train their crews efficiently and affordably.

“Our partnership with FORCE Technology is a big step towards the future of maritime training, making high-quality simulators more efficient and accessible. FORCE Technology’s immersive simulator will break down the old barriers for training, offering a more engaging and realistic simulation experience that brings about significant operational benefits for the industry,” says Seppo Aaltonen, Chief Commercial Officer at Varjo.

For more information:

Stelios Koukouvios, Maritime Strategy & Growth, Simulation, Ports, Training & Human Factor
Phone: +45 43 25 07 00

About FORCE Technology

FORCE Technology is a technology consultancy and service company which strives to create positive technological change and make the world more sustainable and safer.

Since 1940, we have helped companies through major technological transformations: From rivets to welding. From oil adventure to wind turbines. From analogue to digital. And we still contribute to defining the technological future. Each year, thousands of customers entrust us with their products, materials, structures, largest potentials or worst challenges since we create security and value based on impartiality, confidentiality and knowledge.

We meet the customers through on-site inspections, measurement, and data collection. We make our comprehensive and unique infrastructure of facilities and laboratories for testing, calibration and analysis available to them. And we provide them with products, components, and sensor systems as well as specialist consultancy services and training.

About Varjo

Varjo (pronounced var-yo) makes revolutionary VR/XR hardware and software that together allow you to see and experience virtual and augmented content just as clearly as you see the analog world around us. Our virtual and mixed reality headsets take you to another level of performance and emotional immersion – recreating the exact feeling and conditions of real life, allowing you to perform better and learn faster.

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