“Whatever change comes in, we can make sure the product adapts with the software as opposed to saying, ‘We’ve got to completely re-code it because the source code of the operating system has changed.’”
Black Marble is now working with the Cambridgeshire Constabulary to integrate HoloLens into their work. While most HoloLens demos show the insertion of a real object into virtual space, Black Marble is doing the opposite: integrating real-life evidence, photos, video and documents with virtual reality.
“We want to take the real world and turn it into a virtual space,” said Hepworth.
The virtual reality headset and holographic computer could, for example, help train officers and allow detectives to examine crime scenes, even if they’re many miles away. A forensic specialist could don the HoloLens and see the exact same object in a crime scene as a senior officer 100 miles away, and walk around the scene to view it from different angles.
“The kind of collaborative scenarios that we can enable with HoloLens are totally different from those that we can do with a traditional device,” he said. “The immersion, the user experience is unlike anything I’ve ever used before.”
Parr agrees, adding that Hololens has huge potential in firearms and public-order training. “I think HoloLens in policing will, within five or 10 years, be a great partnership.”
In the meantime, more police forces within the UK are interested in using tuServ, and the Cambridgeshire Constabulary is doing a better job of protecting the county’s 900,000 residents.
“There is nothing out there like tuServ,” he said. “That’s the reason we keep [using] it.”