The Royal Canadian Navy is to test a Mixed Reality Remote Assistant Support (MIRRAS) system as part of a project that aims to improve maintenance and repairs aboard active naval vessels.
The technology being trialed has been developed by Fredericton, New Brunswick, based industrial task support specialist Kognitiv Spark, whose software is designed for use with the Microsoft HoloLens. The software leverages Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality, and Artificial Intelligence integration to improve efficiencies with ship operations including repairs, maintenance and knowledge transfers.
For remote maintenance, a subject matter expert using this system can see what the HoloLens wearer sees from anywhere in the world. The expert can provide guidance using real-time voice and video, interactive holograms and 3D content, and live IoT data. Alternatively, the technician can use locally stored data to assist with routine tasks when a remote expert is not available. The holographic support is designed to improve decision making by facilitating decisive action and reducing errors by providing clarity and certainty of comprehension.
Kognitiv Spark says the system can be used by RCN Marine Technicians and Weapons Engineering Technicians, to ensure that RCN ships remain at a high-level of readiness for routine training and operational deployments.
“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 RAdm Casper Donovan, Director General Future Ship Capability, Royal Canadian Navy. “The Mixed Reality Remote Assistant Support 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’s Operational Support Manager, Devin Patterson giving an initial–stage demonstration to the Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, Vice-Admiral Lloyd, at the Microsoft Canada office in Ottawa. VAdm Lloyd has been championing the RCN’s adoption of RemoteSpark technology.