RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT REGARDING A SAFETY AND OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AVATAR AS A MOBILE COMPANION FOR EMPLOYEES IN AN OPTIMAL SAFETY CULTURE



General Aspects

Safety and safety training is sometimes a little boring. To repeat the same things again and again, reading from safety instructions, trying to listen carefully at a trainer that is generally a non-inspirational person, being aware all the time to all the risks that could damage your health or affect your existence- could be annoying or simply extremely boring. So, many times safety learning is turning into a formal and boring obligation.
Having an experience regarding these aspects and wanting to have not just simply robots but people that are communicating and interacting into a safety developed culture- we have tried to transform bits of education into an interactive action that could be disseminated by a nice and smart avatar- not like NAPO- that is customised strictly for your day to day needs.

Meet John the Employee

John the Employee is our first avatar- that could be seen in the figure 1. He is a nice guy- and could be held inside a mobile (phone, tablet or laptop).


Figure 1. John the Employee

John the Employee is based upon a scene that could be developed very careful. The possibilities of development could be seen in figure 2. Each object is having its own layer- and there are plenty of libraries that could be used to place objects.


Figure 2. Development of a screen

Each avatar could be based on one or more screens. Each screen is contended into a project structure, as it could be seen in figure 3.


Figure 3 Project structure

Figure 4 shows a typical script. This script could be developed as needed for the next day of work.


Figure 4 General Script

As you can see- every line of the script could be supplemented by moves and gestures of John. The buttons in the right would command the moves of the character.

How John the Employee was developed


The process of development for the avatar and his script is shown in figure 5.

Figure 5 The development process of John the Employee

The steps for the development are detailed below:
-the management is defining a goal regarding safety, goal that must fulfill ASAP.
-the cooperative development team is formed. It includes a safety expert, a supervisor and a designer.
-the cooperative development team is developing a draft scenario. The draft scenario is tested on one or more subjects- and the feedback is used to improve the scenario.
-the scenario is implemented into IT. Implementation could be done as flash snippets, as a movie or as HTML5 programme.

The piece is transferred to the mobiles of the employees- to be used when intended. 

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