Pilot 1: Security Agent

What is the problem?

Ensuring the safety and security of journalists and other DW personnel in global locations is a significant challenge due to the unpredictable nature of some regions. Experienced professionals responsible for security training work tirelessly – but they face limitations in scalability and funding.

What is the solution – and what technology is it based on?

DW and the SERMAS consortium aim to develop a virtual assistant that is driven by the latest in AI and XR technology and is socially acceptable. The avatar assists and complements human trainers/consultants to enhance security training effectiveness. The focus is on creating an engaging and interactive learning experience.

Who is the target group?

Security experts: Both in-house and external professionals contribute to the development and deployment of virtual security agents.

Journalists, fixers, engineers, and media personnel: End-users who will receive training and support from the AI-driven XR assistants.

What are the general benefits?

The core benefits of the virtual agent are:

Improved scalability: The introduction of AI-driven avatars allows for more extensive and flexible security training programs, accommodating a larger number of people without causing stress or budget constraints.

Cost-effectiveness: By reducing the dependency on human trainers and incorporating virtual assistants, the project aims to optimize resources and make security training more financially sustainable.

Blueprint for industry adoption: The SERMAS media pilot serves as a model that could be adopted by other broadcasters, contributing to enhanced security across the ARD, EBU, and the broader European media and news industry.

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