College Intern Helps Design Virtual Reality Training Kits for Police

Catawba College student Justin Gray is helping design virtual reality training experiences for the police and military as a Walser Technology intern.

The Information Systems & Technology senior spends 15 hours a week for his internship at the Walser Technology Group. Most of Gray’s time is spent testing and assembling the virtual reality kits from Street Smarts Virtual Reality. 

Street Smarts VR was awarded a training contract from the U.S. Air Force last July and is being used at over 20 military bases. 

The training packages come with 30 parts and simulate high stress situations. Among the virtual scenarios are lethal weapons training, active shooter simulations and high-risk traffic stops.

Gray will be one of the first graduates of Catawba’s Information Systems and Technology program. He hopes to land a permanent role at the end of his internship once he graduates in May.


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