REMOTE INSPECTION IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19
The outbreak of coronavirus came as a shock to the world’s economy, and the consequences of the pandemic were far-reaching. To mitigate the risk of virus transmission, regulatory bodies rolled out different precautionary measures and guidelines that had severe impacts on business activities across the globe. Imposing a ban on business operations and restricting international and domestic mobility caused the suspension of on-site activities and routine tasks, leading businesses to face a severe degree of financial losses. With the fifth variant, Omicron, already strengthening its grip in countries across the world, governments have lifted ease in restrictions. That means the situation will be worse, specifically for field service technicians, manufacturers and frontline workers. A time will come when it will be difficult to make your inspection rounds because of the mandatory six feet distance and fear of virus transmission via surface contamination.
COVID-19 has made everything difficult, hindering daily operations in multiple industries, such as oil and gas, aerospace, manufacturing and automotive. According to a report by Deloitte, there is a delay in the production of aircrafts. On the other hand, major manufacturers like GM, Boeing and Honda had reportedly suspended their production activities in order to eliminate the risk of virus transmission.
Despite all the setbacks, the integration of digital technology in business processes is facilitating organizations in their journey to recovery. There are solutions available for businesses to conduct remote inspections and provide remote assistance in order to cover their business losses and resume operational activities.
Remote Inspection – A Necessity amidst the Pandemic
Remote inspection has become the need of the hour. Though remote inspections have always been under discussion in the oil & gas industry, they have become a necessity to maintain workers’ safety across all industries. Remote inspection is an alternative to physical onsite inspection; it involves the use of technology to connect with remote workers. Besides the prevention of coronavirus disease, remote inspection has numerous other benefits, which are as follows:
Collaboration and real-time communication with workers in any corner of the world
Assisted Reality – A Response to COVID-19 Crisis
Assisted reality is one of the practical solutions to deal with the coronavirus crisis and streamline business operations, such as facilitating frontline workers and conducting an on-site inspection. It includes wearable technology that is hands-free and voice-controlled to carry out tasks with convenience. The head-mounted devices enable real-time communication between frontline workers and remote experts. They also have two-way video calls, data visualization and digital workflows to collaborate and connect with workers in real-time.
RealTime AR – Your Remote Assistance Partner
RealTime AR has introduced a range of ruggedized assisted reality solutions with an aim to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and assist companies in stabilizing their operations. RealWear HMT-1 is one of them. It has been a clear leader in industrial wearable technology since its launch in 2018. RealWear HMT-1 is specifically built to transform the modern frontline worker and connect them to experts for the successful completion of tasks.
RealWear HMT-1 – Making Remote Inspection Easier in Times of COVID-19
RealWear HMT-1 is a ruggedized yet flexible wearable technology to bridge the communication gap between remote experts and frontline workers. It features a 16MP camera with optical image stabilization and an LED flashlight along with up to 1080p @30fps for videos. The device is also integrated with top software applications to make high-quality two-way video calls, which enables experts to conduct an inspection without any need to be physically present at the site.
Moreover, RealWear HMT-1 devices are hands-free, which ensures workers’ safety in difficult situations. The devices also eliminate the need to carry any traditional hand-held devices, like smartphones, cameras, tablets, and laptops because RealWear HMT-1 is integrated with digital workflows and industrial data.
The Bottom Line
The bottom line is that remote inspection is becoming the need of the hour. Though the idea has always been around, the pandemic has made remote inspections a necessity for multiple industries. That is why companies are increasingly using digital tools like assisted reality devices to inspect from remote locations.
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