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28th Jun, 2022

Virtual reality fire safety tour aims to keep housing association residents safe

A VIRTUAL reality safety tour has been designed for housing association residents in Warwickshire.

In a first for the sector, Orbit Housing has launched brand new augmented reality digital safety tour, providing its customers with fire safety advice.

The tour starts by introducing the user to tour guide Anaesh – an Orbit employee. Anaesh presents each room in the property and provides useful fire safety information. Taking a room at a time, the viewer sees icons that highlight fire hazards, safety features and links to videos. Each icon is provided either as a voiceover or as written content.

The Home Fire Safety software has been sponsored by Orbit and developed by Firemark Education, a community interest company.

Orbit spokesman Paul Richards explained: “Quite simply this augmented reality safety tool has been designed to save lives. Keeping our customers safe in their homes is of paramount importance to us and is why we have sponsored Firemark Education to build this software. We pride ourselves on our customer safety record and feel strongly that we should do everything we can to support our customers to stay safe within their homes.

“The software has been made to be user-friendly, easy to understand and incorporates lots of helpful tips on how to stay safe, and when to let us know there may be a problem. The feedback we have received from our customers has been extremely positive.”

Customers can visit to access the tour.

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