RealWear to equip 10,000 workers in Kazakhstan

RealWear, Uros and Qualcomm have teamed up to equip 10,000 industrial workers in Kazakhstan with wearable Android-class tablet computers.

Internet of things (IoT) company Uros will provide the RealWear HMT-1 and HMT-1Z1 voice-controlled, head-mounted devices powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile platform.

RealWear’s extended reality (XR) devices are designed for use in extreme conditions such as those found in the energy, manufacturing and automotive industries to provide frontline workers with a voice-controlled digital dashboard that appears as though it were a seven-inch tablet in front of a worker’s eye.

Connected workers will be able to speak with remote experts or connect to 5G and IoT sensor data provided by Uros and its partners.

RealWear said the HMT-1s powered by Snapdragon can go further than field worker use cases and “be used in many aspects of Uros’s solutions”.

In Kazakhstan, Uros is currently building out a wireless e-roaming ‘smart connectivity’ network and plans to outfit those workers with RealWear devices powered by Qualcomm.

Andy Lowery, co-founder and chief executive officer of RealWear, said: “Our collective efforts aim to enhance the quality of life and safety of Kazakhstan’s citizens through hands-free, XR computing. With RealWear’s long-term commitment towards revolutionising industrial connectivity, we plan to incorporate the Snapdragon XR roadmap in our next generation of advanced products for the front-line workforce.”

“By combining a shared vision for digital transformation and the strengths of Uros and RealWear, we will deliver great customer experiences for businesses around the world operating in the manufacturing, energy and automotive industries, to name a few.”

Jerry Raatikainen, chief executive officer of Uros Group, added: “We are very excited to be creating something unique and remarkable in the field of wearable solutions together with RealWear. By combining a shared vision for digital transformation and the strengths of Uros and RealWear, we will deliver great customer experiences for businesses around the world operating in the manufacturing, energy and automotive industries, to name a few.”

“The similarities in our companies’ ethos make the partnership with RealWear a strong fit, and from a technological perspective our existing relationship with Qualcomm Technologies will contribute further momentum.”

Earlier in April, RealWear announced that Shell has selected the HMT-1Z1 for remote assistance in 12 countries, including the US, China, Russia, India, Germany and Austria, across 24 operational sites.

Deployed through global HMT-1Z1 supplier Honeywell, workers can get real-time assistance via a video call, allowing an expert to essentially see through the eyes of the onsite worker and offer over-the-shoulder assistance. For example, an expert can use augmented reality to remotely ‘draw’ on the worker’s screen, which is visualised on the head mounted screen.

John Rudolph, president of Honeywell Process Solutions, said: “In close collaboration with Shell and together with RealWear’s technology, Honeywell helps to change the way field workers operate, enabling higher levels of competency, productivity and safety assurance. By addressing key customer needs, Honeywell supports industrial companies like Shell in their digital transformation journey.”

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