HTC Vive Pro Secure VR Headset Designed for High-Security Classified Environments
The new HTC Vive Pro Secure VR Headsets are primarily designed to appeal to customers with high-security requirements. The security-focused VR headset will find uses in classified environments.
Last week, HTC announced that it is releasing another enterprise iteration of its HTC Vive Pro PC VR headsets known as the HTC Vive Pro Secure. This is a professional-grade VR headset that has been designed for use in classified environments that need “authority to operate”. The new Vive Pro Secure headset has been designed in such a way that it can be operated in secure locations where a separate operating license or “Authority to Operate” is required. This would come in handy for customers with high security and privacy requirements such as the government agencies. This is possible as a result of various hardware modifications that have been designed to ensure important data is kept safe and secure.
To ensure complete security for clients and businesses using the technology for their classified projects, the Vive Pro Secure restricts outgoing cameras, radios as well as wireless communications while simultaneously providing a premium quality virtual reality experience that you would expect from the HTC Vive Pro.
Various privacy and security requirements had to be met for the Vive Pro Secure to be eligible for use in organizations that require ATO standards such as the design enables the device to be used in environments without internet access. HTC has removed the use of eye tracking requirements with the Vive Pro Secure due to the high security requirements. HTC didn’t explain how this would work without the cameras, radio and wireless communication hardware. However, the hardware should be modified in such a way that the headset will provide optimal performance in spite of these limitations.
Customers will also get access to the Offline SteamVR Library which does not send or receive any data over the internet making it possible to install some apps without a steady internet connection. When connected to the internet, the installer won’t transmit any data online allowing you to securely perform installations in classified environment. Eye-tracking capabilities have also been removed from the Vive Pro Secure.
Apart from those updates, the Vive Pro Secure is still the same old HTC Vive Pro. It also has dual 3.5-inch OLED displays with a 2880 x 1600-pixel resolution, new and improved ergonomic design as well as 3D spatial audio. It also has a refresh rate of 90Hz with included SteamVR tracking.
HTC also entered into a strategic partnership with PNY Technologies for the implementation as well as the distribution of Vive Pro Secure. The hardware manufacturer also sells custom models of the RTX 3080 as well as other Nvidia graphics cards.
The Vive Pro Secure buyers will also receive a special support package for companies with Vive Enterprise Business Warranty & Services. Neither HTC nor PNY have provided an official launch or the price for the Vive Pro Secure. Anyone interested in buying these high-security VR headsets can order them via the Vive Enterprises or PNY Technologies.
While Facebook is dominating the mainstream virtual reality market, HTC seems to have entirely shifted its focus towards enterprise VR. Last week, HTC also unveiled a new VR bundle featuring HTC Vive Cosmos along with an AORUS 15G professional gaming laptop.