Airbus partners with Microsoft for HoloLens 2 solutions

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Airbus is selling mixed reality (MR) solutions to its aerospace customers in partnership with Microsoft.

The aerospace company has worked with Microsoft on MR for several years, mainly to give Airbus production workers access to information and instructions, and for training.

With the release of HoloLens 2, Airbus is partnering with Microsoft to sell its own off-the-shelf solutions to its customers.

“HoloLens 2 was born from the inspiration that it be designed for the customer, by the customer,” said Alex Kipman, technical fellow in Microsoft’s cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) group.

“Airbus has long been a strategic partner in building the future of mixed reality solutions for an industrial environment and we have learned a lot from them. We are thrilled to continue our partnership as we embark on this next era of computing, the era of mixed reality and artificial intelligence.”

The first new solution offered under this partnership is a MR training programme first released with Japan Airlines. It helps maintenance operators and cabin crews learn in a three-dimensional (3D) holographic environment and access instructions, heads-up and hands-free, while on the job.

Airbus will also launch a collaborative map solution that allows participants from the defence and aerospace fields to virtually connect, quickly share space data and interact with complex virtual environments to plan and prepare ahead of missions.

The aerospace company is working on requests from other customers for MR maintenance, training and remote collaboration solutions.

Jean-Brice Dumont, executive vice president of engineering at Airbus, said: “We are very optimistic about this future collaboration with Microsoft based off what we’ve done in the last four years.”

“This is really a way for us to lead our digital transformation. It’s multifold, but the use of mixed reality and HoloLens 2 are one of the key assets for Airbus in the future.”

See how Airbus is driving innovation and accelerates production with Azure MR and HoloLens 2:

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