WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- ICMA-RC has introduced a mobile app that allows users to experience virtual reality and personalized animation on their smartphone, believed to be industry firsts. The development of these mobile app innovations are meant to build upon the initial success of the ICMA-RC RealizeRetirement® Tour, which is currently traveling around the country promoting retirement savings to public sector employees.
Two of the Tour elements – a 360 degree virtual reality experience and an animated personalized "My Retirement Dreams" video - will now be accessible on ICMA-RC's mobile app, which is available to download at the App Store® and Google Play™.
The ICMA-RC virtual reality video can be viewed via smartphones or by using custom mini virtual reality glasses that will be distributed at various events and conferences. The virtual reality video will give users a unique view of a "day in the life" of three public sector employees. The virtual reality video includes an enroll button on the interface, allowing public sector employees to enroll via their mobile device as permitted by their employer.
The "My Retirement Dreams" animation app allows participants to create a personalized positive experience of their future self when they retire. Users will answer a few questions, snap their picture and then see an instant personalized video of themselves enjoying retirement. The experience allows users to share their video through social media, while providing a lens to start thinking about what retirement may look like.
"The first several months of ICMA-RC's RealizeRetirement® Tour have been a tremendous success, and this is a way to build upon those results," said Gregory Dyson, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ICMA-RC. "By making innovative technology from the Tour broadly available to local and government workers through our mobile app, we are able to expand our reach and motivate users to think about and plan for retirement in a fun, interactive way."
For more information about the ICMA-RC RealizeRetirement Tour, visit RealizeRetirementTour.org.
Founded in 1972, ICMA-RC is a non-profit independent financial services corporation with $48 billion in assets under management and administration (as of June 30, 2016) focused on providing retirement plans and related services for close to a million public sector participant accounts and approximately 9,000 retirement plans. ICMA-RC's mission is to help build retirement security for local and state government employees. The organization's mission is delivered through its RealizeRetirement® approach in which ICMA-RC representatives actively engage participants in their retirement programs, help them build their asset base toward a stated objective, and help them realize their retirement goals through a comprehensive retirement planning strategy. All of ICMA-RC's retirement programs, administrative services, and educational tools have been developed specifically for public sector retirement plan administrators and participants. For more information, visit www.icmarc.org or follow ICMA-RC on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. AC 0916-8493
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