Schiphol Airport and VSTEP Win Project Award

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and VSTEP have been awarded the "ICT-project of the year" award for their RescueSim Virtual Airport Incident Management simulator. During the 7th Computable Awards Show on October 4th, the award was collected on behalf of Schiphol Airport and developer VSTEP by Mr. Hans van Brug, Preparation Officer Fire Brigade Schiphol and Mr. Sebastiaan Otten, Development Manager VSTEP. Schiphol Airport is one of the first airports in the world to use a virtual incident management simulator for airport incident preparation and management. With the RescueSim simulator, the different emergency services at Schiphol can virtually train any possible airport incident.

Schiphol Airport's Fire Brigade is the first to train with the RescueSim Airport Incident Management Simulator, which was officially taken into use during the summer. The simulator includes a highly detailed 3D training environment spanning over 100 km² and incorporates all relevant aircraft types, emergency services equipment and vehicles as well as general airport equipment, guaranteeing realistic incident simulation. Any thinkable airport and aircraft incident at Schiphol Airport can be created and trained with the RescueSim simulator. The state of the art training tool offers the emergency services a time effective and cost effective way to train realistically and efficient for airport incident management.

Computable Awards The Computable Awards are a prestigious yearly event lauding companies, people and projects that have distinguished themselves in ICT over the past twelve months. This year's event saw 11 different award categories, each including 5 nominees. Among the other nominees in the

"ICT-project of the year" category were projects for the Dutch State Railways, Twente University and KLM. The independent professional jury scored each of the nominated projects in this category for its innovation, implementation, professionalism, size and importance. As an additional guideline for the jury, over 28,000 readers also cast their votes online for each of the nominated projects.

According to the jury, using safe, cost effective and highly innovative virtual training technology to enhance safety and security for a vital and leading location like Schiphol Airport was the key to winning the "ICT-project of the year" award for the RescueSim Schiphol Airport Project. The award in the "ICT-project of the year" category for the RescueSim Schiphol Airport project is a confirmation of the added value that virtual training for incident management offers safety and emergency response professionals during their everyday work.

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