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Last updated 11:37AM ET
July 17, 2018
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OU lab simulates potential critical incidents
(WOUB) - Ohio University's School of Telecommunications will use the virtual world to help keep the real world safe.

It's a $700,000 project for the Columbus Police Department.

The school's computer lab - known as the GRID Lab - will make a digital environment that will be used by officers during an emergency.
The virtual environment will include 30 high-profile Columbus buildings or sites that could be most susceptible to terrorist attacks, hostage situations or other critical incidents.

To build accurate models of the sites, project team members will employ new technologies such as 360-degree photography, immersive video, and global positioning systems.

The group also will develop software and hardware that allows first responders to access building data and models on laptops computers.
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