VRAI, a Dublin-based startup that creates VR simulation training for hazardous work environments, has secured €1.2 million in seed funding from existing private investors and the Irish state economic development agency, Enterprise Ireland.
The Irish company combines virtual reality, AI and IoT technology to create more authentic and measurable simulation training for work environments, building both hard and soft skills. “The added value of VR training is the behavioural insights that are unlocked by the data generated and we believe, ultimately, this will help save lives in hazardous working environments,” said Niall Campion, one of the startup’s co-founders. Founded in 2016, VRAI has worked with the Irish Defence Forces, IAG in Heathrow Airport and the United Nations in Somalia, and reports a spike in demand since the onset of the pandemic. Commenting on the timing of the investment, fellow co-founder Pat O’Connor said: “As more and more large organisations focus on remote working, reduced travel and limiting physical interaction, an enterprise-ready remote VR simulation training platform becomes a necessity to enable this.”
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