The Royal Canadian Navy is the latest branch of Canada’s armed forces to use Kognitiv Spark’s augmented reality (AR) software.
Canada’s navy will test drive a mixed reality remote assistant support (MIRRAS) system, as part of a project with Kognitiv Spark that aims to improve maintenance and repairs aboard active naval vessels.
Canada-based Kognitiv Spark was awarded the contract following its work with the Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force.
The test project will validate technology adopted from Kognitiv Spark, whose software is designed for use with the Microsoft HoloLens. It leverages AR, mixed reality and the integration of artificial intelligence to improve efficiencies within ship operations, including repairs, maintenance and knowledge transfer.
“Innovation and technological advancement are critical to the future of the Royal Canadian Navy. We are continually seeking new ways to leverage emerging technologies in order to enhance our performance alongside and at sea,” said rear admiral Casper Donovan, director general future ship capability for the Royal Canadian Navy.
“The MIRRAS system is an exciting tool, because it may provide our sailors with the opportunity to explore a new, and potentially much more efficient way of conducting onboard maintenance.”
Kognitiv Spark explained that the remote assistance capability of the MIRRAS system enables a subject matter expert to see what the HoloLens wearer sees from anywhere in the world.
The expert can provide guidance using real-time voice and video, interactive three-dimensional (3D) holograms and content, as well as live data. Alternatively, the technician can use locally stored data to assist with routine tasks when a remote expert is not available.
“Our solution delivers a toolset that can take advantage of the most powerful visual processing system on the planet, the human brain,” said Duncan McSporran, a former military officer and co-founder and chief operating officer at Kognitiv Spark.
“3D interactive content is more easily interpreted than paper manuals, and therefore reduces any mental fatigue the soldiers, sailors or air force personnel might be facing under harsh and stressful conditions. Our software allows them to make better-informed decisions more rapidly, with all the information and resources possible in a secure system. We are delighted to deploy our Canadian solution, in support of the vision of the Royal Canadian Navy to introduce cutting edge technology.”
The HMCS Fredericton, a Halifax-class frigate that has served in the Royal Canadian Navy since 1994, was captured using RemoteSpark on the Hololens, via mixed reality capture:
Image credits: Kognitiv Spark