HP and DiSTI Join Forces to Reinvent Enterprise Training Using Virtual Reality

STUTTGART, Germany, May 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- International Training & Education Conference – To address the growing demand for high-impact, cost-effective virtual reality (VR) training, HP Inc. today announced an alliance with the DiSTI Corporation, a leading global provider of VR and advanced human machine interface development solutions. The companies will work together to develop unique VR training solutions for enterprise customers, with a specific focus on maintenance and operations training for complex systems such as vehicle, aircraft and industrial equipment.

VR has become an effective training tool across many industries and is expected to grow to an $18 billion market by 20221. VR developers can create and interact with complex simulations, a form of participatory learning that’s more effective than traditional training programs. With HP’s Z VR Backpack, the most powerful wearable PC VR ever created, training becomes more seamless and realistic with an untethered VR experience. VR training has also been shown to positively impact employee recruiting and retention2 for enterprise customers.

“HP is enabling companies to leverage VR technology in ways that transform workflows and unleash innovation. By working with leading partners like DiSTI, we will reinvent the way workers across a range of sectors do their jobs, whether it’s operating the most advanced industrial equipment or designing and servicing the next generation of automobiles,” said Xavier Garcia, vice president and general manager, HP Z Workstations, HP Inc. “HP’s versatile and high-powered devices, combined with DiSTI’s VE Studio development platform, will empower customers to create cost-effective VR training solutions that safely replicate real-world environments and processes in rich detail.” 

Starting today, HP and DiSTI will offer end-to-end enterprise virtual training solutions3 – from development to deployment - based on HP’s VR-ready hardware and DiSTI’s VE Studio® Development Platform. Customers can use the VE Studio suite to develop their own virtual training applications or have DiSTI and HP professional services teams assist in designing and building their solutions. HP’s comprehensive hardware portfolio features HP Z Desktop Workstations, including the most powerful workstations on the planet4 – the HP Z8 Workstation; the HP ZBook 17 Mobile Workstation, and the HP Z VR Backpack, the world’s first professional wearable VR PC5. VE Studio® enables rapid and cost-effective development and creates accurate hands-on experiences while HP hardware seamlessly delivers them via fast processing power and high-fidelity graphics.

“There is tremendous market demand for enterprise-level virtual training solutions that can be rapidly implemented, are cost effective and can be developed and managed by internal staff,” said John Cunningham, Chief Revenue Officer of DiSTI.  “Many companies have identified the need to implement VR enabled training but struggle with how to get started and scale due to the lack of internal expertise and the availability of cost-effective solutions. We are excited to combine our two companies’ VR expertise to accelerate industry adoption of VR Training.”

For over 20 years, DiSTI has been providing 3D virtual training solutions to companies such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Nissan Motors, and developed a patented and proven database-driven development platform called VE Studio which dramatically reduces the time and cost of developing 3D training solutions and allows for reuse of content for delivery to desktop, mobile and virtual reality devices. By integrating VE Studio with HP’s VR-ready products the companies can offer enterprise customers a cost-effective end-to-end training solution.

About DiSTI
The DiSTI Corporation is the world’s leading provider of 3D virtual training solutions and virtual maintenance training.  DiSTI’s VE Studio is a content and immersive delivery platform for managing the development of complex 3D virtual environments for use on desktop, mobile, and virtual and mixed reality training applications. VE Studio manages the entire development with a patented process and software that includes requirements analysis, content development, and automated software build and regression testing for a virtual environment.  VE Studio allows users to build, manage and deliver virtual training solutions across their entire enterprise. For more information on The DiSTI Corporation contact Kevin Mikalsen at kmikalsen@disti.com.

About HP
HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at http://www.hp.com.

Footnotes:

  1. http://www.adweek.com/digital/how-enterprise-virtual-reality-is-transforming-everything-from-training-to-medical-treatments/
  2. https://www.wired.com/story/when-vr-training-makes-the-job-look-better-than-it-is/
  3. The solution is available from DiSTI® with select HP workstations and commercial PCs. Contact your HP sales representative for complete details.
  4. Based on desktop workstations as of June 14, 2017 and power based on processor, graphics, memory, and power supply.
  5. Based on detachables of vendors as of October 3, 2017. Power based on processor, graphics and memory.

             

 

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