5G will ‘drive massive innovation that demands expertise, training and operation’—and augmented reality is well placed to achieve this
➨ The Department of Defense is testing the security, scalability and resilience of 5G networks, and their ability to deliver the advanced capabilities of augmented and virtual reality
➨ Taqtile, a developer of augmented reality software, and global consultancy firm Booz Allen Hamilton are working together to demonstrate the capabilities of 5G and the Manifest tool for work instruction
➨ Manifest can serve as a digital repository for maintenance and repair information
Two strong use cases for augmented reality are remote assistance and training. To demonstrate effective deployment to the US Department of Defense, Taqtile and Booz Allen Hamilton are taking part in the large-scale 5G tests underway at military bases across the country.
The Department of Defense is testing the security, scalability and resilience of 5G networks, and their ability to deliver the advanced capabilities of augmented and virtual reality.
As part of this test, held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Washington state, Taqtile, a developer of augmented reality software, and global consultancy firm Booz Allen Hamilton are working together to demonstrate the capabilities of 5G and the Manifest tool for work instruction.
Manifest can serve as a digital repository for maintenance and repair information, including video and audio notes, and related documents. Equipment-specific repair information can be seamlessly transferred between personnel, reducing delays and the risk of human error.
Manifest can also automatically upload all saved documents to a centralised maintenance queue for quick access to accurate materials.
The software is device-agnostic and is currently optimised for use across Magic Leap and Microsoft augmented reality headsets for hands-free remote assistance and training/knowledge capture, as well as PCs, smartphones and tablets.
Dirck Schou, chief executive officer at Taqtile, tells VRWorldTech the partners will use Microsoft HoloLens and “a variety of other hardware platforms running Manifest to test capacity, connectivity, latency and security”.
He predicts 5G will “drive massive innovation that demands expertise, training and operation”.
“In the very near future, Manifest will be used by customers around the world to help adopt and execute against the goals of industry running on 5G,” Schou explains.
With 5G and multi-access edge computing of the kind being tested at Joint Base Lewis-McChord making an ‘industrial internet of things’ possible, tools such as Manifest will be able to show sensor data in augmented reality, in real time. This will allow technology manufacturers to accurately communicate with maintenance staff on site.
Schou continues: “Manifest will be used by customers to identify areas of improvement back to their suppliers, creating a virtuous circle of ever improving products and services. Manifest functions as a fully integrated industry communication and knowledge sharing lifecycle product, encompassing training, operating, and maintaining.”
As far as Taqtile is concerned, the partnership with Booz Allen is not about proving the effectiveness of immersive technologies as tools for remote assistance and training/knowledge capture, as enterprise organisations are already convinced.
Schou says: “I don’t feel that industry needs additional proof points to demonstrate the potential of this technology, this exists in droves, but rather a few different deployment roadmaps for enterprise deployments, depending on the application, environments and predominant systems.”
Commenting on the strategic partnership between Taqtile and Booz Allen, the consultancy firm’s principal guiding business in the Pacific Northwest, including the delivery of immersive solutions for multiple defence clients, Eric Billies, says: “Booz Allen is committed to remaining on the edge, integrating and deploying advanced capabilities for the warfighter.”
“That is why partnering with companies like Taqtile is so valuable—combining applications like Manifest with other technologies including 5G, AI/ML [artificial intelligence/machine learning] and cyber security helps our clients realise the power of XR for mission execution.”