The South Dakota Department of Health partnered with Avera Health, Regional Health and Sanford Health to create SIM-SD (Simulation in Motion, South Dakota), a mobile education program designed to bring learning opportunities to pre-hospital and hospital emergency care providers in South Dakota. SIM-SD allows providers who may only encounter a critically ill or injured patient once or twice a year the chance to encounter a similar “patient” multiple times with focused feedback in a managed stress environment that recreates the conditions responders would face in an actual emergency vehicle.

The “patients” are actually human-like, computerized mannequins that breathe, talk, sweat and react to medication. And the emergency vehicle? It’s actually a custom-built mobile learning lab, and the South Dakota Department of Health asked AVI to equip it with the necessary AV technology.


AVI Systems worked in conjunction with Rosenbauer America to equip the mobile learning lab. Each 44-foot vehicle emulates both an ambulance, in the rear of the truck, and an emergency room in the front. The center of the mobile learning lab is a fully operational control room that operates the patient simulators. Each truck is equipped with Shure microphones, ClearOne audio systems and four Vaddio WallVIEW 70 PTZ cameras for video. A Crestron control system runs all audio and video sources.