OTC 2017: ABS pilots wearable technology

ABS officials were on-hand at their booth at last week's Offshore Technology Conference to demonstrate to conference attendees some of the wearable technologies the organization is currently piloting.

During an in-booth demonstration at last week's OTC, an ABS employee shows a crowd of conference attendees some of the wearable technology the organization is piloting.
During an in-booth demonstration at last week's OTC, an ABS employee shows a crowd of conference attendees some of the wearable technology the organization is piloting.

Offshore staff

HOUSTON –ABS officials were on-hand at their booth at the recent Offshore Technology Conference to demonstrate to conference attendees some of the wearable technologies the organization is currently piloting.

The star of the demonstration was a small device that could be affixed on a set of standard-issue safety goggles. When snapped on over the goggle's leg, it includes a small, nearly coin-sized screen that extends out in front of one side of the wearer’s eye goggle. Allowing for both the sending and receiving of information, it is designed to enrich collaboration betweenABS personnel working in the field with their offsite colleagues.

In the event of an offshore inspection, which was one of the examples used in the in-booth demonstrations, the agent working on thevessel or equipment would be able to share his or her field view and communicate in real time any questions or findings with colleagues. To continue this example, onshore support would be able to send additional resources, such as rules, renderings, or instructions, for the wearer to access to assist in the inspection. Annotations could also be made for the benefit of the wearer – either on those resources sent to the device’s screen or even on the wearer’s field view.

ABS toldOffshore that the pilot programs for these wearable technologies are underway in several locations with different vessel types, with an eye on assessing the feasibility of this technology to improve operational efficiency; streamline information capture and visual display of information; and create a collaborative environment for remote interaction.

“In applying wearable technologies, ABS can improve data collection and data sharing to create an environment in which subject matter experts can collaborate in real time to reach faster, more informed decisions,” ABS said. “Using wearables can dramatically change how classification services are carried out, improving safety, expanding the capabilities of individual workers and streamlining operations.”

05/08/2017

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