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Industrial simulators—Audace scores a success

20 Aug 2015 | ICT, Mobility, A region on the move

There's talent on tap when it comes to information and communications technology (ICT) in Northern France. A close-up look at e-learning solution specialist Audace, now developing simulators for industry.

immersive forklift training simulator - Northern France

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Confirmation: Audace, an SME based in Lens in northern France, has talent on tap. This versatile software developer specializes in communication, e-learning, and industrial simulations. Capitalizing on the region's booming logistics industry and resulting demand for employee training, Audace teamed up with the Euralogistic cluster two years ago and has just launched an immersive forklift training simulator. Trainees wear an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and use a modified joystick and steering wheel to practice maneuvering a forklift truck inside a virtual warehouse. The company has built several different training scenarios into the package. As Jérôme Poulain, deputy managing director of Audace, explains, “All of our scenarios are ‘gamified’—meaning we've integrated elements of fun traditionally found in games to engage our learners.”

Room for growth

Since announcing its partnership with Euralogistic, Audace has received new queries from industrial training centers, and recently won a major contract with French nuclear power company Areva to design simulators for cranes used in nuclear facilities. “This is the first step in taking our simulators global,” says Poulain, noting “We're already a leader in serious games in France, but we still have room to grow in simulators.”
Audace is optimistic about its prospects for 2015 and is targeting growth of 10% to 15% this year.



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