S&T to Demo New EDGE Virtual Training for First Responders (Video)

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) will host a media-only, online demonstration of the new Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE) virtual training platform on June 28 via YouTube live stream.

EDGE is a multiplayer, scalable, online environment that trains first responders—within a single agency or across agency, jurisdiction, or discipline—for coordinated critical incident response.

The first scenario, featuring an active shooter incident at a hotel, will be released (for free) to first responder agencies on June 26.

(The Virtual Training Revisited video describes advances in the free computer-based training tool, including a virtual school environment for multi-agency training for active shooter incidents. Courtesy of DHS Science and Technology Directorate and YouTube)

Built on the Unreal gaming engine, which powers such popular interactive video games as Mortal Kombat, BioShock, and Batman: Arkham City, EDGE allows responders to collaboratively role-play complex scenarios in a virtual environment, improving coordination and communication while mitigating injuries and loss of lives.

S&T’s First Responders Group (FRG) developed the technology with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s Simulation and Training Technology Center and Cole Engineering Services, Inc.

These partners will join FRG staff and first responder stakeholders in facilitating the demonstration and answering press questions.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT    DHS S&T will host a media-only demonstration of the EDGE virtual training for active shooter scenarios

YouTube Live Stream:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMVkK0GdAfE
(To participate in the chat function, you will need to log in to YouTube)
Dial-In: 888-957-9877, PIN: 4468692

  • Milt Nenneman, EDGE Program Manager, S&T FRG
  • Tami Griffith, EDGE Lead, Army Research Laboratory
  • Bob Walker, EDGE Program Manager, Cole Engineering Services, Inc.

DHS S&TPlease contact first.responder@hq.dhs.gov for additional information or to RSVP for the event.

Learn more: https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/news/2017/06/22/media-advisory-dhs-st-demonstrate-new-virtual-training