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The Future is Smart - Transcript


00:00            Wide of Arch-OS system
                      Wide of Safe-Aim simulator
                      Over shoulder shot – Mike Phillips at computer
                      c.u. Arch-OS computer screen
                      Wide Mike Phillips and computer
                      “Safe Aim Ltd” logo on screen - cut to action sequence
                      Wide of Bournemouth University exterior
                      c.u. Operator at Safe Aim simulator

Guide Voice: A building management system and a military training aid – two concepts that would seem to have little in common. But Arch-OS,  an 'Operating System' for contemporary architecture created by researchers at the University of Plymouth, and Safe Aim’s simulated training system for military use, developed with help from the neighbouring Bournemouth University, are both examples of advanced use of Smart Technology.

00:23  SOT: Mike Phillips, Director of the Institute of Digital Art & Technology (IDAT), University of Plymouth“The idea of a smart system is that it has imbedded in it, or has embedded in a traditional system like a car or any kind of mechanical process, a level of intelligence which allows it to have some responsive ability to its environment or indeed to its own mechanism so a system which knows when it’s broken down is said to be ‘smart’.”

00:49            Tilt down exterior of Portland Square Building
                      c.u. Portland Square sign
                      Pull back from computer screen
                      Wide of building foyer      

Guide Voice: The University of Plymouth’s centre of research for interactive digital media, IDAT, is based in the University’s Portland Square Building, where they have developed the Arch-OS system both to manage the building’s systems and to encourage those working in the building to inter-act more closely with their surroundings.

01:06   SOT: Mike Phillips“What our system does is that it tries to make the inhabitants of the building a little bit more intelligent by showing them the systems that they’re interacting with and in some way giving them a responsibility or a sense of responsibility on all their impact on all of the aspects of the building that they might not be too familiar with. So for instance energy consumption, water consumption, what happens to the building when they’re not actually in it, what happens to the building when there’s a lot of people in it and they’re just focused on their single activity.”

01:38            Wide – operator at screen. Crosses to other computer
                      Wide – 2 researchers at computer screens
                      Over shoulder shot; Mike Phillips at computer
                      c.u. Arch-OS screens
                      Screen showing people flow in building
                      Student entering lift
                      c.u. pressing “Random” button
                      Wide – student in lift, door closing
                      Researcher at computer terminal   

Guide Voice: The Arch-OS system is able to reveal the building in a particularly intelligent way, it monitors the energy system, exposing energy efficiencies, as well as tapping into the computer and communications networks and the environmental conditions. But more than this, Arch-OS can use the data it gathers to create interactive experiences within the building – such as creating music based on the patterns of human movement through the public areas. It even has a “Random” lift button, to encourage occupants to experience other floors to those they would visit as part of their usual routine.

So are smart systems the way forward for building management?

02:13    SOT: Mike Phillips -  “Arch-OS I think is very important as a future technology because it actually involves people in the solution. It’s not just about slapping on technological solutions, it’s about getting people to take responsibility for their behaviour and that I think is something that every system has to deal with as a future development.”

02:33            Wide – Safe Aim Ltd office and simulator
                      c.u. on screen action
                      Exterior, Safe Aim, Albert Hogg and Prof. Zhang and Dr. Xu
                      Push in to Dr Guohe Xu inside cut down Tank turret
                      Researcher checks turret controls  

Guide Voice: Clearly with an eye on future development, Safe Aim, also based in the South West of England, has been creating military training aids for a number of years. Through a government initiative known as the Knowledge Transfer Partnership they’ve been able to call on smart technology expertise from Bournemouth University to help develop their Tank Gunnery simulator. Studies have shown that suitable simulator training for soldiers in Armoured Fighting Vehicles could save the UK taxpayer up to 1.5 million pounds a year, as well as significantly reducing the environmental impact of training with live ammunition.

03:06    SOT: Albert Hogg, Co-Director, Safe Aim Ltd., - “We’ve now got on board the necessary expertise to develop commercial off the shelf systems for want of a better word, in other words low level PCs and make them compete in a market that historically has used quite high end simulation systems and the university was able to bridge that gap between what the technology was capable of doing at that high level and what could it really do with the correct expertise imported in a low based system”. 

03:47            Wide of Safe Aim office interior
                      Wide – operator building new course information
                      c.u. on screen data
                      c.u. operators face
                      c.u. Tank model on screen
                      c.u. on screen action with voice commands

Guide Voice: The simulator may look like a glorified video arcade game, but the similarity is misleading. The visual simulator has obvious connections to gaming but it is the feedback element that makes this training aid so valuable. The courses are devised with specific aims and students progress through training levels as they achieve their targeted grades. This makes accurate feedback a priority and this is where a smart system is so important.

04:11   SOT: Professor Jian Zhang, Media School, Bournemouth University – “Because it is for training for a real offensive then you have to do all the real calculations very, very accurately. For example, one of the things would be to calculate a blast and its effects, the trajectory of the shell for example and it just had to be very accurate whereas for a game you don’t really care that much because everything’s for fun rather than for training; and the trainee has to gain expertise and skills from this training, therefore accuracy is the key difference.

04:45            Wide over shoulder of operator building simulator course
                      c.u. Arch-OS screen

Guide Voice: As these projects illustrate, there is a clear technological message – the future is Smart! 

04:53              END

Page contact: Shuehyen Wong Last revised: Wed 20 Apr 2005
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