The Parisian start-up D’un Seul Geste has developed a first aid training module based on virtual reality and approved by the State. The goal is to create “an immersive environment as close as possible to reality,” explains Emmanuel Bourcet, the CEO of the startup created in 2018, at the Digital Factory.
One hour of training
The trained people wear an autonomous HTC Vive Focus Plus headset connected via Bluetooth to a connected mannequin (marketed by the Norwegian company Laerdal). The training lasts one hour during which 40 minutes are devoted to learning gestures via situations and 20 minutes to exchanges with a trainer. “He will take up certain gestures, answer all the questions and evaluate the training,” says Emmanuel Bourcet. Upstream, he is also responsible for bringing all the equipment back to the customer’s site.
The data collected by the manikin’s sensors located at the location of the heart are used to guide users. “There are force sensors that make it possible to give indications on the pressure to be exerted and on the right speed thanks to gauges to do a correct heart massage,” says the CEO.
With a Single Gesture, it provides its customers with “a homemade tool” so that they can easily plan the slots. “Each employee will thus be able to register for the one-hour slot that suits his schedule,” explains the CEO. The objective: to simplify as much as possible the administrative aspect that can constitute a block to the introduction of first aid training within companies. Certificates of awareness of life-saving gestures are issued at the end of the training.
Up to 32 people trained in one day
People are trained in groups of two or four. “We are able to train between 16 and 32 people during the day,” he adds. The young sprout does not communicate about the number of helmets he has. “We have a fleet of helmets and trainers that cover the whole of France, including the overseas departments and territories,” notes the CEO.
The whole point of the training is its very immersive side allowing to apprehend gestures more easily and especially to remember them. “The learner is much more focused than in traditional training,” he says. Indeed, all his senses are mobilized.”The speed of training is a second competitive advantage,” he adds.
Positioned on a B2B market, the start-up offers its solution to training organizations, companies and local authorities. In total, more than 5,000 employees have been trained from 110 customers in France and the overseas departments.
EDF has been one of the customers of the solution since the beginning of 2019. A group-level pilot has been launched to train more than 100 employees at the headquarters in La Défense. Decentralized services and subsidiaries are also users. In EDF’s hydraulic engineering center based in Savoie, 20 training days were held. Nearly 150 people have been trained at four Enedis sites.
Asked by the Digital Factory, Denis Viard, health and safety delegate of the health and safety division at EDF, is convinced by the contribution of this solution. “There is a way to simulate gestures that allows you to really realize the situation in order to integrate them into your memory,” he explains.
A fundraising in progress
D’un Seule Geste wishes to continue to deploy its initial training but also to expand its catalog of virtual reality training in occupational risk prevention. An announcement should take place by the summer of 2022, says the CEO. La jeune pousse intends to recruit 5 to 10 new employees to complete its team of 10 people. A fundraising is underway.