Each year, the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA)*, the worldwide association for the owners and operators of toll facilities, presents the Toll Excellence Awards to highlight the very best projects, innovations, and solutions from the international tolling industry. IBTTA announced that Egis has been awarded a 2020 Toll Excellence Award for Private Sector Innovation for its Virtual Reality Training Program designed to eliminate risk and danger during onsite emergency instruction.
The job of patroller is extremely dangerous. In France, an average of 10 patroller vehicles are hit per month while the patrollers are securing an event, leading to 16 injured patrollers and one death. And, training in this environment is even more dangerous. On-site training is also very time-consuming and expensive; and the ability to replicate many different event types and conditions is severely limited. Egis Virtual Reality Training has changed all of that.
Egis, with the support of the Concessionaire Atlandes, and in collaboration with Immersive Factory (a start-up specializing in the design of virtual training), has developed a series of 15-minute learning modules to train motorway patrollers using virtual reality technology on the A63 Motorway, a 105-kilometer toll road between Bordeaux, France, and Spain.