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The main goal of AR4Telecom was to build Augmented Reality tools (SW&HW) that could help procedures designers, operators and QA to deal with the demanding requirements and tasks regarding AIT/V activities. These tools can be used for:
At the end, significant improvements regarding the productivity of the teams involved and quality of the assemblies were achieved. A roadmap for future developments was also assessed in the light of the results achieved and delivered.
Understand and abstract the processes and tasks involved in AIT activities. Build tools, flexible enough, to accommodate these disparate activities from, as much as possible, available COTS components (SW&HW). Support different and future AR devices. Testing the tools developed on a realistic environment (clean room) with experienced AIT/V operators.
Ability to access contextual and localized visual information on top of the users/operators field of view. Enforce best practices and work instructions. Easy and effective training for new operators. Automatic registering of work accomplished. Retrieval of information from AIT activities after procedures execution. Reuse of procedures components (templates). Faster reaction to and automatic routing of non-conformities. Preview of assembling steps.
Support for Microsoft HoloLens and Epson Moverio BT-300 and flexibility regarding new devices. Easy building of new procedures. Hands free (gesture controls and clicker available). Ability to scan QR Codes that include information from different devices or tool IDs and use that to guide the user flow. Support for PDF, videos, pictures, etc. Resume of incomplete executions. 3D native based. Adaptable to other industries and work flows. Traceability of work performed (who, when, what, etc.).
The set of tools now available is mainly composed of a:
The diagram below summarizes the general flow and interconnectivity between the different main parts of the AR4Telecom solution, along with the designated interacting personnel.
Kick-off – July 2016
Baseline Design Review – March 2017
Mid-term Assessment – July 2017
Test Readiness Review – March 2018
Test Review Board – June 2018
Final Review – November 2018
The project was tested on a realistic environment with experienced AIT personnel and delivered with all requirements met and goals achieved. A roadmap for future developments was assessed and delivered. The next developments are proposed to be focused on integration along all the AIT processes, from design to AIT finalization, generic systems integration, UX and UI improvements, among other findings.