OU to build virtual world for Columbus Police with Homeland Security grant money

November 8, 2007
Intelligence, Technology
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Ohio University’s School of Telecommunications and Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab have won a two-year, $702,000 grant to create a virtual world capable of making the real world safer.

The grant will help fund development of interactive digital environments in 30 high-profile Columbus buildings or sites that could be most susceptible to terrorist attacks, hostage situations or other critical incidents. The funding comes from the Urban Area Security Initiative Terrorism Early Warning Group, a unit of the Columbus Division of Police.

“The GRID Lab development, the multimedia staff and curriculum there fit in well with our purposes for our homeland security project,” said Lt. Fred Bowditch, head of the Terrorism Early Warning Group. “The eagerness of the staff, the knowledge of the staff and the product they can produce are what sold us on Ohio University.” (The Athens News)