Coventry's Serious Games Institute buys virtual world tech

Coventry's Serious Games Institute buys virtual world tech
Michael French

By Michael French

September 17th 2007 at 3:13PM

UK university will use OLIVE to support research and development

Coventry University's Serious Games Institute has announced it will use Fonterra's OLIVE software platform in its research.

OLIVE (which stands for On-Line Interactive Virtual Environment) will support the team's virtual world applications, game-based learning and interactive media projects for a number of industries. The 3D engine was chosen for its advanced feature set, the university explained.

"We selected Forterra's OLIVE platform given their market leadership in providing private, secure virtual worlds used for solving real problems such as group collaboration," said David Wortley, director of the SGI.

"OLIVE provides the opportunity to apply game technologies for all kinds of non-gaming enterprises in the corporate, healthcare, government, and entertainment industries. Virtual worlds, with their online, multiplayer environments, offer unique opportunities to take traditional models of learning, simulation and entertainment to a whole new level of innovation."