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Sudbury's NORCAT wins international virtual reality award

Organization picked up nod for program that trains electricians to inspect fire alarm systems
NORCAT's Edward Wisniewski (left), chief technology officer, and Andrew Kostuik, studio director, took part in the annual VR Awards event for the Academy of International Extended Reality (AIXR) which was held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on Nov. 30.

NORCAT has won international recognition for one of its well-known virtual reality (VR) training programs.

The Sudbury-based company, which specializes in health and safety instruction, skilled-labour training, and development services, has won the VR Education and Training of the Year Award presented at the 2023 International VR Awards held Nov. 30 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. 

NORCAT won for its Certi-Fire VR program, an accredited program, sanctioned by the Office of the Fire Marshal, that certifies licensed electricians to install, test, verify, and maintain fire alarm systems. The program enables users to participate in authentic scenarios, replicating lab exercises and practical tests within a virtual reality (VR) setting.

"We are truly honoured to be named the winner of the VR Education and Training Solution of the Year," Ed Wisniewski, NORCAT's chief technology officer, said in a news release.

"The recognition of Certi-Fire VR exemplifies NORCAT's commitment to creating impactful virtual learning technologies and how these innovations are reshaping the landscape of training and development."

Organized by the Academy of International Extended Reality, the awards celebrate excellence in virtual reality across a multitude of sectors around the globe.

The VR Education and Training of the Year Award is presented to a company or individual that has demonstrated practical and innovative uses of VR in education and training.

A full list of winners and finalists can be found here.