Erik Maltais, CEO and Co-Founder of Immersive Tech, Inc. is legitimizing Virtual Reality (VR) for enterprise use cases with Immertec, a VR technology company that provides software which allows anyone in the world to instantly connect and train in a fully immersive virtual environment.
Maltais is originally from Manchester, NH, and spent some of his childhood in Florida prior to joining the Marine Corps. During his 5 years of service, Maltais served one year in Iraq where he was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon. After his tour, he served Marine Embassy Diplomatic Security Duty where he protected American embassies worldwide for three years. During this period, Maltais was selected to augment Whitehouse and Presidential security during the George W. Bush administration.
After completing his tenure in the Marines, Maltais returned to Florida where he earned his degree in economics and accounting from the University of South Florida. Upon graduating, Maltais leveraged business relationships he formed while on post in China to start an e-commerce business called BBQ-aid. Under his guidance, Maltais rapidly grew BBQ-aid’s revenue to 7 figures in less than 3 years before successfully exiting the business.
“Most of the industry was focused on the entertainment and video game use cases at the time, so I knew there was a place for us at the table,” Maltais said. “Similar to the way the computer, internet and cellular industries first focused on creating business value, success in the early stage of this bourgeoning industry would also come from solutions that solve real-world business problems and we will be there.”
Together, with his co-founder Jon Clagg, a full-stack developer with over 13 years of telecommunications development experience, the two developed the technology for Immertec’s proprietary, live-streaming 3D-VR software and they began building out use cases for the technology.
Today, Immertec’s has secured several provisional patents on its technology and their VR software can be used in nearly any real-time training scenario, from simple training exercises to virtual surgical preceptorships, allowing surgeons to learn new surgical techniques with the latest medical devices. The company is currently engaged in a pilot program with one of its first enterprise customers which happens to be one the world’s largest medical device companies.
As with any developing technology, Maltais knows that this is only the beginning for Immertec and this emerging industry. In fact, ABI Research, a leader in emerging technology intelligence, forecasts that the enterprise VR training market alone will generate $216 million in 2018 and grow to $6.3 billion by 2022.
Founded in 2017 and based in Tampa, Florida, Immertec is an award-winning technology startup that’s pushing the limits of what’s possible in virtual health. The company is made up of change-makers, developers, and innovators passionate about expanding the possibilities of healthcare. Their real-time platform in VR allows surgeons to instantly train on new medical devices, modern surgical procedures and collaborate from anywhere. By changing the way surgeons train and connect, Immertec is promoting a world where all people have access to the highest standard of care regardless of their physical location, economic status, or nationality.
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