Augmented reality uses computer-generated input to enhance real-life objects, giving people more control over images and videos, and transforming how they can be viewed, manipulated, and shared. Additionally, AR can be used to simulate real situations and create experiences around them.
The technology has many potential use-cases for the global business sector, with many organizations already using augmented reality to improve their operations.
The shipping industry is not left behind, and maritime companies are coming up with new ways to leverage AR technology to streamline processes, cut costs, and increase safety on vessels. Here are some ways that augmented reality can be used to improve shipping operations:
Conduct Inspections and Maintenance Checks
With AR glasses and a headset, crew members aboard a vessel can get detailed instructions from specialists on how to carry out a simple inspection, repair work, or maintenance check. Visual images can be transmitted between both parties, making it possible for the specialists to see everything that’s happening on the ship.
A 3D rendering means the different parts of the vessel can be examined, and the areas that require attention may be highlighted, all without stepping onboard the ship. Similarly, crew members can receive written instructions via the glasses, and a step-by-step guide can be displayed right in front of the recipient’s eyes.
As a result, ship maintenance and repairs become more simplified, and they can be conducted quickly. It doesn’t matter if the ship is at sea and the specialist is thousands of miles away, augmented reality provides a means to connect both parties and let them interact as if they were in the same room.
Enhance Employee Training
Another potential use of augmented reality in the maritime sector is in employee training. Technical officers, marine engineers, navigators, etc. require a lot of training to become skilled, and the process is often long and expensive. With AR solutions, the experience can be improved, and the costs significantly reduced.
The technology can be used to create training modules that mirror reality. Subsequently, new employees can learn visually, increasing the appeal of the process and making learning more seamless. Furthermore, trainees can get familiar with complex situations in a safe environment, and they can practice until they are near-perfect. Real-life scenarios may also be drawn up to improve their proficiency and ensure consistent performance, even under pressure.
Improve Safety and Overall Performance
Augmented reality can be integrated into day-to-day operations to improve overall performance. For example, stakeholders in the aviation industry tried out AR headsets. The study showed that a General Electric worker using the device for the first time performed 34 percent better. The worker was tasked with the very complicated process of wiring a wind turbine’s control box.
If you run a shipping company and are considering leveraging AR solutions for your troubleshooting exercises, emergency services, inspections, maintenance checks, and Navigation Assessment, talk to the augmented reality experts at SEAHARMONY. You can visit our website or send a message to [email protected].