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CSIRO Wearable Technology Enters Aerospace Industry

CSIRO Wearable Technology Enters Aerospace Industry

The Guardian Mentor Remote (GMR) wearable technology system of CSIRO will be commercialized by TAE, the aerospace company based in Australia. This will make the technology available to the global aerospace industry. According to TAE, with this wearable technology, regional, commercial and defense aircraft operators can decrease the aircraft down-time as well as the cost of maintenance. This is possible as the technology can connect the aviation experts with technicians remotely. This means, if the aircraft faces any issue while on flight, the solution can be obtained easily.

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What is the Guardian Mentor Remote?

The Guardian Mentor Remote is a hands-free technology which uses glasses and a headset to connect the onsite operators with the experts so that they can offer real-time assistance to them. This will allow the onsite operators to carry out the engine and aircraft repairs and maintenance. Mechanics or special engineers won’t have to be called for that.

The GRM system has an operator station and a helper station. Both these stations use a wearable computer which has a near-eye display and a helmet-mounted camera. They provide a shared visual space. This allows the offsite expert to demonstrate the working procedures using a pair of virtual hands.

Potential to Lower Maintenance Cost for Airlines

According to the Managing Director of TAE, Andrew Sanderson, the GRM technology has immense potential to lower the maintenance costs for airlines, especially that of regional locations. He said “In the aerospace industry, costs associated with aircraft downtime are a critical issue. If a plane’s not operational, it can cost a company up to $12,000 per hour. Therefore, any technology that makes maintenance easier, and helps bring down repair times is a valuable investment. Using the GMR system, it is just like the expert is in the room with you, even if they’re in another state or even another country. That means there is no more waiting days to get aircraft back up and running.”

Dr. Marcel Bick from the Manufacturing Flagship of CSIRO, believes that these types of wearable technologies help Australian companies to develop industrial environments which are more intelligent.

He said “Robotic and digital solutions are improving operating safety and efficiency for Australian industry. As we have increased access to high-speed broadband, this makes the possibilities even more exciting. The GMR prototype has already been trialed by Boeing and Aviation Australia. With TAE commercializing the technology, from later this year it will be available to aerospace companies around the world.”

He added that GMR could be used for other applications as well, apart from making the aerospace industry more efficient.

“We see huge potential for GMR in a number of settings including the general manufacturing, mining, automotive, paper and pulp and rail industries. It could even be used to provide remote medical assistance for field health workers and emergency scenarios.”

We can thus expect the aerospace industry will have an increased efficiency with the GMR wearable technology.

Do you feel the same? Should more new technologies be developed for these purposes? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Image: computerworld.com.au




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