The proof of concept will provide 500 Vaal University of Technology students and faculty with VR and AR capabilities.

EON Reality, the global leader in Augmented and Virtual Reality-based knowledge and skills transfer for industry and education, announces a new pilot program with Vaal University of Technology for VR and AR usage and development opportunities.

At Vaal University of Technology (VUT), the addition of scalable VR and AR systems could help expand the school’s presence as one of the technological leaders in South Africa. By providing VUT with the latest technologies in this field for students, educators, and professionals, the university will have the chance to not only improve the education for those within its walls but also help shape the surrounding area.

Located in the industrial city of Vanderbijlpark, there’s no shortage of opportunities for Vaal University of Technology to use VR as a means to transform aspects of the local and national economy. EON Reality’s AVR Platform has already been utilized by academic and enterprise institutions around the world thanks to its user-friendly interface, hardware-agnostic approach, and code-free lesson development and distribution, so a technologically advanced school like VUT will likely be able to leave a lasting impact with it both in and out of its classrooms.

Given the fact that many students in South Africa may not be able to return to normal classrooms for the rest of the year due to COVID-19, the AVR Platform could prove particularly useful for providing high-quality distance learning. With schools like Vaal University of Technology utilizing AR and VR to provide a more elaborate remote education, EON Reality’s mission to help slow the need to return to physical classrooms is already proving to be a big success.

Similar to what schools like Italy’s Aldini Valeriani Institute and Kosovo’s University for Business and Technology have done, one opportunity for Vaal University of Technology could be VR and AR lesson development. By using the AVR Platform to empower educators, students, and local businesses, VUT will be able to create and distribute digital “hands-on” training (as seen in previous lesson examples) that can be performed from anywhere in the world as long as the user has a stable internet connection.

Upon completion of the initial pilot program, EON Reality hopes to continue assisting the Vaal University of Technology with its VR and AR program by expanding into potential fields such as Research & Development and full course creation. With a more developed plan in place (and the self-help instructions provided through outlets such as EON Reality’s Resource Center), VUT’s educators and students alike will be able to use the AVR Platform to learn, train, and perform more efficiently than ever before — while both expert staff and knowledgeable students will be able to spend their time on master-level lesson and program design.

“Expanding to a school like Vaal University of Technology to help with the next steps in their VR and AR development is what the AVR Platform is all about. Not only can we directly help students and faculty understand their academic subjects better through our remote AVR training, but we can also change the lives of the entrepreneurs and businesses in the surrounding area. I truly believe this deal with VUT could be transformational for the entire city of Vanderbijlpark.”

Dan LejerskarFounder of EON Reality

About EON Reality
EON Reality is the world leader in Augmented and Virtual Reality-based knowledge and skills transfer for industry and education. EON Reality’s 21 years of success are tied to its belief that knowledge is a human right and should be available, accessible, and affordable for every human on the planet. To carry this out, EON Reality has developed the de-facto standard for Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality-based knowledge and skills transfer software that supports devices from mobile phones to large immersive domes. EON Reality’s global development network — with more than 20 locations worldwide — has created the world’s leading AR/VR library for education and industry with over 8,000 applications and over 40 million users worldwide.

About Vaal University of Technology
Based in southern Gauteng, Vaal University of Technology draws students from all regions of the country, as well as 25 other countries. It is one of the largest universities of technology in South Africa, with an annual enrolment of about 20 000 students. The university is well-positioned to make a substantial contribution to the development of human capital in the southern Gauteng region, the country, and the continent. For further information, visit https://www.vut.ac.za/