Shipyard Workers “See” The Difference 5G Can Make with Smart Glasses


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Workers at Singapore’s Keppel Offshore and Marine (Keppel O&M) are in the midst of a 5G pilot program involving smart glasses. Computer Weekly reported that the program uses augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) glasses connected to a 5G network.

The project is funded by the Infocomm Media Development Authority’s 5G innovation program and is helping workers in real-time. The glasses enable wearers to conduct site inspections, monitor and troubleshoot equipment and conduct virtual walkthroughs of vessels while running on the M1 network. 

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, when safe management measures limited physical inspections and site surveys, we were the first to officially conduct remote inspections for a newbuild vessel with a classification society using smart glasses,” said Keppel O&M CEO Chris Ong.  

Computer Weekly reported that the glasses include a camera, microphone, speaker, and cellular or WiFi connectivity. The smart glasses can perform real-time analyses, provide data to the wearer, and allow for communication. Wearers can access site inspection instructions via voice commands and receive remote coaching.

The use of smart glasses can reduce the working hours required for on-site inspections by as much as 50 percent. For engineers, the devices can improve efficiency by up to 40 percent. According to Manjot Singh Mann, CEO of M1, smart glasses can help solve critical challenges in Singapore’s maritime industry.

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