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The Role of Augmented Reality in Enterprise: Increasing Safety

augmented reality in enterprise

Augmented reality has made a splash in many, many industries. From minigolf to healthcare, overlaying dynamic digital content has boundless potential to innovate the way we live our lives. One sector that flies beneath the radar of many consumers, though, is enterprise business. Augmented reality in enterprise offers the opportunity to keep team members in precarious positions safe and protect their health and wellness. We developed a solution for Aurum Technologies that is designed to do just that. 

Overview of Augmented Reality in Enterprise

Augmented Reality (AR) is an interactive experience where real-world environments are enhanced by computer-generated perceptual information. It’s known by a few other names, like spatial computing and mixed reality, but each essentially refers to the same thing. This technology superimposes digital content like graphics, helpful documentation, machine readings, and even biometric data from smart watches onto the user’s field of vision. 

Unlike virtual reality, which typically creates a wholly immersive environment in which very little of the real outside world is visible, AR is designed to blend the physical world with digital content. Many consumer-focused mixed reality applications use smartphones to ensure accessibility, since more people are likely to carry a phone with them than an AR headset. This is typically not the case for augmented reality in enterprise applications, though. For many professional use cases, providing access to information while keeping both of the user’s hands free to perform other tasks is one of the most important benefits of augmented reality. For this reason, we often recommend that our enterprise clients utilize AR headsets for their deployment. 

Aurum Technologies: Spatial Computing for Nuclear Power Plants and Industrial Safety 

The Challenge

When Aurum Technologies approached us to discuss this project, they had a list of specific requirements they were looking for in a custom augmented reality solution. One of the organization’s missions is to “increase human performance, efficiency, and safety, while decreasing human error and downtime,” and they had a vision that a combination of augmented reality and artificial intelligence could take them to the next level. 

The solution needed to include the following capabilities: 

  • Remote streaming & support

  • Hands-free usability 

  • Smartwatch biometric integration

  • Site-wide equipment monitoring

  • Access to policies & documents

Our team of AR developers and engineers were immediately excited about the project, and we got to work on developing a custom solution. 

The Solution 

Increasing the safety of lab technicians who could be exposed to harmful radiation was not a task that our team took lightly. We integrated a number of custom features and modified them to fit Aurum’s needs. 

Our proprietary Visual Positioning System, combined with information regarding restricted zones and which team members should have access to which zones, empowers managers to monitor for unauthorized access to restricted areas. By integrating the solution with biometric watches, team members can receive alerts if someone might be in danger. Custom optical character recognition (OCR) of equipment readings allows for site-wide monitoring to maintain safe levels of exposure to harsh chemicals and watch for potential issues. 

Finally, to support the application, we added digital access to essential documents and policies, which users can access with a few simple hand gestures. Live streaming of the user’s view to both local and remote team members (in some cases, countries away) ensures full support wherever the team is operating. 

Are you planning a project for augmented reality in enterprise? 

Reach out today for a free consultation - we can’t wait to hear from you. 


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