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What is Assisted Reality ?
We have all heard of virtual reality and augmented reality, yet people still ask "What is assisted reality?".
Assisted reality refers to any technology that allows a user to view pertinent information within his field of view, without having to physically manipulate a device. 
Assisted reality devices, such as models available from Realwear and Vuzix, have started transforming standard workforces, to digital workforces. There are many reasons behind the growing popularity of these devices, among them being that they help increase productivity while maintaining safety as the primary concern.

They achieve these goals by:

  • Not obligating a worker to carry multiple blueprints or manuals to a job site
  • Delivering useful information about a task immediately
  • Helping a worker keep his hands available while working
  • Collaborating with an off-site expert to achieve a goal
 

CAMtria offers the following services to help implement your AR solutions

Pre-Sales Phase

Pre-Sales Phase

  • Introduction to AR products
  • Introductioon to software
  • Demo sessions
  • Identify Suitable Solutions


Pre-Implementation Phase

Pre-Implementation Phase

  • Discuss Use Cases
  • Whiteboard Solutions
  • Train Project Memebers
  • Provide ROI & TCO info


Proof of Concept Phase

Proof of Concept Phase

  • Integrate device for POC
  • Integrate software for POC
  • Train end users for POC
  • Provide rental POC packages


Implementation Phase

Implementation Phase

  • Validation of devices
  • Software pre-install
  • Address custom PPE requirements
  • Help with IT integration


Post Implementation Phase

Post Implementation Phase

  • Setup support framework
  • First level support
  • Lifecycle management
  • Manufacturer roadmaps


Clients that we have worked with:

The future of work:

Some of the socio-economic impacts that this pandemic has brought upon us will be felt for years to come. One of these impacts being how we work. Accenture's Future of Work Study 2021 of more than 9,000 workers around the world discovered that most people want a hybrid model, where they sometimes work remotely and sometimes go onsite. What does this mean to the future of our workforce and the enterprises that employ them. 

Many employees took the down time that the pandemic provided to re-evaluate their priorities and re-determine their future. Already many enterprises are noticing a lack of resources available in certain fields. Moving forward, emphasis will be on enterprises to provide the proper tools and technologies to respond to the employee's desired new working environment.

Optimizing the resources that ensure a healthy and productive workforce, regardless of physical location, can be daunting. Why do we believe it will be a worthwhile goal for organizations to pursue? Because organizations will see bottom-line benefits from having a workforce that is motivated, productive, and safe.

  • 63% of high-growth organizations have enabled productivity anywhere workforce models. Source: The future of work
  • 69% of negative or no-growth companies are still focused on where people are going to physically work (favoring all onsite or remote rather than enable hybrid).  Source: The future of work

Connected worker experiences can increase productivity and help enterprises retain talent and therefore offer a competitive advantage. 

According to a recent McKinsey report on rethinking strategies for a post pandemic era: Source - McKinsey Report

"One marker of technology’s increasing importance to both strategy and operations is that companies devoted more resources to their digital and technology capabilities during the pandemic, even as they cut resources from other parts of the business. According to the survey results, the funding of digital and technology initiatives increased, as did the numbers of full-time equivalents in digital and technology roles."

AR devices are being used today for training, industrial IoT, remote assistance and more. Enterprises have already realized significant cost savings in reduced travel expenditures, accelerated training and onboarding, and reduced impact due to failures. These savings will continue into the future.

Automotive Use Cases:

Global automakers and Tier 1 suppliers enhance and empower their workforce to stay competitive, drive customer and workforce engagement and satisfaction by leveraging RealWear’s assisted reality. Realwear offers several turnkey solutions, including for electric vehicles and aftermarket services, for all of your ROI needs.

Remote Expertise:

Technicians improve efficiency and accuracy by using the voice-controlled Realwear devices with remote mentor solutions to connect hands-free with product quality engineers , capture images and videos, playback training videos, refer to manuals, and more.

Unplanned production stoppages:

To mitigate unexpected failures and resume production, on-site technicians need assistance immediately. However, experts may be located at another plant in another city.
Through a two-way video call on Realwear devices, experts can telestrate remotely to pin-point the issue – even in high-noise environments.

Customer Service:

Car repairs are at times complex, requiring additional support from experts. Technicians must engage customers throughout the process in order to maintain a high standard of service.
With remote collaboration, service technicians can receive specialized knowledge from an expert and bring the customer into the process with shared or live video conferencing.

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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Deployed Nationwide

Technicians regularly need to connect directly with experts. With RealWear, watch how an expert can support the field technician through the diagnosis and repair by augmenting images, wiring diagrams, and adding repair suggestions into their view.

Using automated processes with Assisted Reality

Analogue inspection and intake of new vehicles into a company’s fleet is time consuming and prone to error. Watch how our hands-free voice-controlled RealWear device can help inspect the  delivered vehicles, hassle-free.

RealWear HMT-1 Noise Capture Demo

Noise capture disables the noise cancellation of primary microphones and allows device to record ambient sounds. Watch how this feature is especially helpful to diagnose or inspect machinery based off sound.

This is what some industry experts seem to think and some of the buzzwords to look out for in the next few years.

Manufacturing Use Cases:

Manufacturing’s reliance on manual processes can result in operational errors and inefficiencies. In addition, the industry faces a growing skills gap as many career veterans retire. Vuzix augmented reality (AR) smart glasses help speed up production, increase compliance with protocols, and reduce training times by providing hands-free instructional support right in your workers’ field of view. 
Training and Onboarding:
Complex manufacturing processes involve many variations and steps that aren’t easy to remember or learn. With Vuzix manufacturing smart glasses, assembly line workers can access step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and video directly in their field of view, allowing them to work faster and avoid error-induced accidents. In addition, managers can view and validate each step in real time via the built-in camera.
Reduced Downtime Due to Maintenance & Repairs
The downtime required to maintain and repair equipment can be costly for businesses. With Vuzix's industrial smart glasses, engineers can resolve issues quickly by viewing real-time machine data and 3D models, detailed instructions from back-end systems or video tutorials overlaid onto machines that need attention. Workers can also have remote technicians see what they see and provide live support.
Big Improvements in Quality Assurance

QA inspectors must often rely on written documentation or manually log findings to do their job. But this leaves room for error, allowing defects to go uncorrected. When integrated with your quality management system (QMS), Vuzix smart glasses can improve the QA process by letting inspectors pull up checklists, use AR overlays to spot defects, call other technicians, and instantly upload their findings.

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What about ROI ?

Business cases should always be built based on risk / impact analysis, but are usually accepted based on cost / benefit scenarios. To be cost effective, AR devices need to show that they are capable of mitigating risk, and if that fails, they should be able to minimize the impact on business. While soft costs are usually lower on the priority list, here are some benefits to implementing AR devices:

  • Drive process compliance and quality
  • Lower time to access information
  • Use hands-free without compromising PPE
  • Workaround to travel restrictions
  • Maintain situational awareness
  • Bring knowledge to operator at the moment of need

Moving on to hard cost scenarios:

Scenario 1:

Eliminate the need for experts to travel. At a cost of approximately $2,500 per AR device, these devices pay for themselves by eliminating the need for experts to travel on-site. The device can justify its cost by avoiding 1-2 trips during its lifecycle.

Scenario 2:

Consider a company that has 50 technicians on the payroll earning an average of $25 / hour. Based on a 40 hour workweek and 261 working days per year, each technician costs the company $52,000 excluding benefits. Total yearly salaries for 50 technicians would cost the company $2.6M per year. The cost for equipping each technician with an AR device would be $2,500 for a total of $125,000.

If these devices can save the technicians an average of 20 minutes per day by providing information when they need it, or by contacting a remote expert to assist with a problem, it would come out to 87 hours saved yearly per technician. This represents a  dollar value of $108,750 yearly across all technicians. 

Oil & Gas Use Cases:

In recent years, the slow-to-adapt oil & gas sector has seen a push to embrace emerging technologies, including AI, augmented reality and IoT. Even though the industry is brimming with accumulated data points, 90% of it still fails to influence decision-making due to the costs and complexity of implementing a strategy in the sector’s asset-heavy environments. Realwear's hands-free assisted reality solutions provide operators the real-time data they need when operating, inspecting or maintaining equipment.
Downtime Avoidance:
In case of a pipeline failure, for example, natural gas companies must contact the site maintenance unit to respond immediately. Failure to solve the issue quickly will have a heavy impact on daily work and have potential security risks.
Through hands-free audio and video, the dispatching center can access real-time information for scientific decision-making and guide technicians through emergency repairs accordingly. Our Realwear devices offer an average of 29% reduced downtime.
Industry Compliance
Companies along the value chain are required to take ownership of their upstream suppliers, and any extraction sites they build and operate on. Failure to do so may lead to strong penalties or closure. Engineers must also inspect quality of work completed by subcontractors.
Technicians can capture photos and videos as work is done, review, archive them at shift change. They can also troubleshoot work issues and remotely perform live inspection via 2-way video as supervisors watch on a laptop.
Knowledge Transfer
Equipment on offshore drilling vessels requires expert support. With skilled workforce retiring in the next five years, the number of technicians to travel offshore will be reduced, further increasing safety risks associated with time lag in communication with shore-based support staff.
Remote video enables small groups of centralized senior SMEs to mentor junior field technicians. With the intrinsically safe Realwear HMT-1Z1, inexperienced technicians can perform quickly and safely. Skilled workers can also capture content for future training and reference.
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Italgas Chooses RealWear’s HMT-1Z1 Wearable Solution with OverIT Field Services Management Software

Italgas Chooses RealWear’s HMT-1Z1 Wearable Solution with OverIT Field Services Management Software

With HMT-1Z1, Italy’s largest gas distributor accelerates knowledge transfer and increases safety to unskilled workers for improved uptime and safety.



How To Innovate Like These Digital Oil And Gas Companies

How To Innovate Like These Digital Oil And Gas Companies

Digital oil and gas companies have changed their approach to innovation. To increase production and cut costs, these companies are transforming the way they do maintenance, repair, and operations




Seven Secrets that Make HMT-1Z1 the Best Wearable Device for Oil & Gas

Seven Secrets that Make HMT-1Z1 the Best Wearable Device for Oil & Gas

RealWear’s intrinsically safe computer HMT-1Z1 has been shortlisted in the PPTex innovation category for the Hazardex 2020 Awards.





Total Looks to RealWear for its Digital Transformation

Total Looks to RealWear for its Digital Transformation

When complex refinery equipment needs maintenance or repairs, Total must slow — or even halt — production and bring in experts with specialized knowledge. This is a time-consuming and costly process. RealWear HMT-1Z1 hands-free headsets running Microsoft Teams allowed Total to connect onsite workers to expert colleagues anywhere in the world for faster equipment diagnoses and repairs.

Consistent with last year’s findings that executives have started to take a more strategic view of technology, thinking of it as more than a mere cost driver, more than half of this year’s respondents say their companies are looking to technology as a way to strategically differentiate themselves from competitors.

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Warehousing Use Cases:

Despite the onset of autonomous technology (AT), warehousing faces rising costs due to errors in stocking, order picking, and maintaining appropriate levels of inventory. Vuzix assisted reality (AR) smart glasses optimize efficiencies in the warehouse and distribution centers by providing real-time decision-making support, instantly connecting workers to supervisors, AT machines, and enterprise management software.
Reduction in Operational Errors:

As shipping costs rise and import/export restrictions tighten, operational errors become more expensive. 

With Vuzix AR technology, you can pick glasses that can easily identify many different objects or scan codes — heads up and hands-free. Plus, they can quickly capture unique pictures, video, and audio, all of which can be uploaded to a database or streamed to supervisors to spot errors in real time

Heads-Up, Hands-Free Mobility

Rather than rely on clipboards, count sheets, and other manual documentation, the warehousing industry is moving towards mobile technology such as tablets, smartphones, and scanners to boost accuracy and output. 

With Vuzix AR glasses, warehouse workers can further improve efficiencies by using a 100% heads-up, hands-free solution that instantly connects them to supervisors and supporting software.

Assisted Reality Warehouse Picking

Picking errors can cost as much as $300 per instance to correct when shipping to customers. When it affects the manufacturing process, the cost jumps to thousands, resulting in a drop in profitability of 11-13%. 

Vuzix enables augmented reality warehouse picking with instant user feedback that confirms the success of a pick. Errors decline and customer satisfaction soars with the use of our warehouse picking glasses.

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Construction & Field Services Use Cases:

Vancouver, WA – Sept 28, 2021 – Realwear, the world’s leading provider of assisted reality solutions for frontline industrial workers, today announced that Autodesk and RealWear have successfully collaborated to integrate Autodesk Construction Cloud® with RealWear’s flagship HMT-1 assisted reality hands-free HMT-1 device. Global construction company Permasteelisa is adopting the solution for its teams.
Source: Realwear Press Release

Game Changer
“Running BIM 360 on a RealWear device will be a gamechanger, keeping us on the cutting edge of technology and innovation,” said Gordon Earle, Group Operations Executive, Permasteelisa Group. “We are excited to deploy the devices to empower and retain our best workers by outfitting them with a full solution that will make them safer and more productive, delivered by two of the leading technology players in the field.”
Save Time, Lower Risks, Reduce Rework and Errors
The BIM 360 platform for construction project management helps project teams stay on-time and on-budget by giving teams access to the latest version of all project information in a single app — anytime, anywhere. Now, by connecting a RealWear assisted reality device with BIM 360, teams can more easily access the information they need, saving time, lowering risk, and reducing rework and errors.
Project Documents Hands-Free
With the joint solution, construction teams can now have hands-free access to project documents, plans, and models; they can execute construction quality, safety, and project control workflows from their Realwear device running the new BIM 360 app for RealWear. Workers can pull up and control BIM 360 on the RealWear hands-free device using simple voice commands while maintaining full situational awareness and keeping their hands unoccupied for work. Traditional document or tablet-based workflow management solutions require workers to either hold a clipboard or, at times, remove their PPE gloves to operate a tablet’s touch screen. Construction teams can snap a RealWear device to their hard hats and view a micro-display that views like a 7” tablet without obstructing their view. They can use voice commands to take HD photos using the RealWear device’s innovative front-facing camera.
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Prysmian Group Enables Remote Acceptance Testing and Knowledge Sharing with Realwear

Prysmian Group Enables Remote Acceptance Testing and Knowledge Sharing with Realwear

Prysmian Group is a multinational company headquartered in Milan, Italy. It’s the largest manufacturer of telecommunication cables.
Prysmian Group deployed RealWear HMT-1 running Engineering Group with OverIT’s SPACE1 augmented reality application to drive remote acceptance testing and knowledge transfers.


We Energies and EPRI Demonstrate RealWear’s HMT-1 to Assist Utility Field Workers

We Energies and EPRI Demonstrate RealWear’s HMT-1 to Assist Utility Field Workers

A peek into how Augmented Reality is transforming the methodologies of field workers.







Burns & McDonnell Streamlines Utilities Testing and Maintenance with RealWear

Burns & McDonnell Streamlines Utilities Testing and Maintenance with RealWear

Experienced workers were being stretched thin, resulting in wider knowledge gaps and slower site visitations and distribution asset documentation. Assisted reality technology with RealWear and VisualSpection streamlines site documentation and enables Burns & McDonnell’s senior experts to virtually visit and review sites without traveling.

Vestas Digital Transformation is a Breeze with RealWear

Vestas Digital Transformation is a Breeze with RealWear

Vestas Wind Systems faced a double challenge of a retiring workforce and transforming paper-based processes to meet the needs and expectations of younger workers. RealWear helped Vestas’ sprawling network of field technicians and engineers access key knowledge resources, including experienced remote workers.



Telemedicine Use Cases:

Telemedicine is the new normal for medical practitioners, enabling positive outcomes while saving time and money. Vuzix solutions for telemedicine allow you to safely administer to patients without compromising the quality of care.
With Vuzix smart glasses, caregivers can instantly share medical expertise with other practitioners around the globe, providing life-saving guidance from anywhere. Send and receive live expert medical feedback without jeapordizing the level of patient care.
M400 for Telemedicine

The M4000 brings you superior design, cross-platform functionality, and a battery you can count on. Join the medical professionals who wear our M4000 smart glasses during surgeries for 16+ hours straight.

Vuzix M4000 smart glasses are:

  • HIPAA-compliant and IP67 rated
  • Built with market-leading waveguide optics providing see-through display
  • Designed to work with medical personal protective equipment
  • IEC60601-1-2:2014 certified medical electrical equipment
Industry Benefits
• Hands-free access to information (medical records, test results, x-rays),
• Real-time, see-what-I-see communication (for remote collaboration and support from instructors or colleagues),
• Hands-free, point-of-view examination of patient symptoms and physical issues  audio and visual),
• A vast reduction in the need for time-consuming paperwork and reports,
• The ability of doctors to consult with more patients in one day,
• Critical savings in time (test results, x-rays, ambulance travel).
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Providing Surgical Aid Through Smart Glasses

Providing Surgical Aid Through Smart Glasses

ReSurge International is among 14 non-profit surgical training organizations receiving Vuzix smart glasses in partnership with Ohana One, enabling surgeons around the world to connect with medical experts and deliver life-saving procedures in real-time.


Vuzix Featured in American Medical Association Publication

Vuzix Featured in American Medical Association Publication

Vuzix Smart Glasses featured in American Medical Association Special COVID-19 Edition for accelerating change in medical health education systems science student, resident and fellow impact challenge




Zoom for Healthcare Uses Vuzix for Telemedicine Conferencing

Zoom for Healthcare Uses Vuzix for Telemedicine Conferencing

Zoom is one of the fastest growing cloud video conferencing applications for end-to-end enterprise communications and has more than 66,000 business customers that have at least 10 employees.  Vuzix has received numerous inbound requests from hospitals and healthcare organizations interested in leveraging Zoom for Healthcare in their day-to-day business operations with smart glasses.
Telemedicine AR: Interview with Paul Travers, Vuzix CEO

Telemedicine AR: Interview with Paul Travers, Vuzix CEO

Smart glasses have a variety of uses in telemedicine, and can not only reduce or eliminate travel time but also help to bring healthcare to rural and remote regions. Uses for smart glasses in medicine include training to give students a uniquely personal perspective. This may include streaming video of surgery to multiple locations and displays at the same time.

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