Visualising invisible hazards with AR
- Using augmented reality to help fieldworkers detect risks that cannot be detected by any human senses.
- Visualising the invisible and exploring simulation results in a real environment.
- R&D cooperation resulting in a demo that proves the potential of AR in industry use.
”The R&D cooperation with Stereoscape has been smooth, efficient and fruitful for both parties. This serves as a basis for developing new kinds of insightful trainings.” Otso Manninen, Project Manager VARPU, Fortum
Fortum is a leading clean-energy company that provides its customers with electricity, heating and cooling as well as smart solutions to improve resource efficiency. The company is a forerunner in digitalising business practices and creating digital solutions to improve operational efficiencies and to create value for its customers.
As part of the VARPU project Fortum and Stereoscape collaborated to develop AR technology for use in field operations. VARPU is a large research project on application of VR and AR in industry, funded by 18 consortium partners – both Fortum and Stereoscape among them – and TEKES. Together with Fortum Stereoscape created a technological proof of concept for visualising invisible hazards in AR. In operations, where field workers’ safety could be at risk from hazards that cannot be detected by sight, smell or any other human senses, the role of such applications can be lifesaving.
The results of from the proof of concept are promising: simulated data were integrated in the real environment with a decent accuracy – alignment error in the centimetre range. Useful experience and data were gained on the feasibility of AR to explore simulation results in a real environment. The specialists from both partners see a lot of potential for further development.