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Antenna installation ‘smartglasses’ under development

Cobham SATCOM reports that it is currently developing a range of augmented reality (AR) ‘smartglasses’, in collaboration with software house Kanda and Osterhout Design Group (ODG), for use by maritime service technicians installing and servicing antenna equipment on ships.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The team is working with ODG’s existing R-7 smartglasses to develop a system to support installation technicians in the field performing in-situ ‘conversions’ of SAILOR VSAT antennas from Ku to Ka-band, using field conversion kits and providing step-by-step guidance to the smartglasses wearer during the process.

The technician wearing the glasses will receive all the information required in their line of sight, to ensure that the antennas are installed correctly during the conversion process, Cobham says.

The project is planned as a proof of concept to explore how the digital and physical world can be blended together to create better user tools. In addition to the AR smartglasses project, Cobham also released a 3D catalogue app in September, which enables its products to be viewed in Augmented Reality on Apple and Android devices.

“The use of AR in satcom antenna servicing is an exciting prospect, an innovative, new way of doing things for our global partners and a step forward in enhancing our end-user experience,” said Casper Jensen, senior vice president, Cobham SATCOM.

“AR has the potential to revolutionise a multitude of industrial and business applications and we are confident that, together with Creuna, ODG, and Kanda, we will enable satcom technicians to work smarter, faster and more accurately in the field.”{/mprestriction}

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