What is considered common practice in IT, does not necessarily have to work in OT. But on the other hand there are fortunately many cases where it can be useful. Magion sees opportunities in the use of Augmented Reality in OT. For example: could the use of HoloLens technology enable an operator, maintenance engineer or other user to execute his work easier, safer and/or more efficiently?
This topic has been the subject of study at Magion by Tom Dantuma, a graduate student at HBO-ICT Windesheim. His research focused on Augmented Reality, the HoloLens and its environment. A series of interviews has been conducted with a variety of technical staff all working in the (petro)chemical industry and drink water companies. The goal of these interviews was to make an inventory of possible applications of this technology, useful in the daily operations of these people. From this information, we devised a proof of concept: a practical HoloLens application.
The application is capable of recognizing objects in an industrial environment by means of scanning a QR-code. From a central location useful information can be retrieved for these objects, such as production data, alarms, and other relevant data. Using Augmented Reality, this information is displayed next to the object. The user can scroll through the data and information by means of ‘gestures’ and voice commands.
The use of Augmented Reality and the HoloLens simplifies the work of the user and on top of this improves the overall safety. Because all relevant information is placed directly next to the object the user obtains a better insight and a clearer overview of the situation. Another benefit is that by using the HoloLens, the user has both hands free to work with.
Through the HoloLens the user has access to all needed information, which saves him (frequent) trips to the control room to access missing information. Relevant alarms can be displayed to him by visual and audible signals, increasing the safety on the workplace. From the control room (or another location) colleagues can monitor the activities through the camera on the HoloLens and provide instructions or assist when required.
The use of Augmented Reality offers a world of possibilities, also within the industry. Would you like to know more about the use of Augmented Reality, or are you curious about the HoloLens? Contact one of our account managers, and we are happy to provide you with more information and a demonstration!
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During projects for our customers, it became clear that documentation is rarely available, scattered around on multiple systems, databases, documents and devices. Where available the documentation is often not coherent, lacking crucial information or the information is conflicting other. Reason behind this can be as complex as the network itself, originating in lack of resources, multiple sources of information, losing information while migrating to other documentation systems and sharing responsibilities between different departments.
For every project related to networks and cyber security, it is imperative to have a complete and accurate configuration management database (CMDB) available, containing at minimum device inventory, configurations, physical and logical drawings, and data-flows. Having an accurate and complete overview of your assets is a pre-requisite for assessing the state of your process control domain infrastructure and determine if and what actions are required.
Combining process control automation and IT networking is our expertise.
We have helped our customers in various domains like oil&gas, chemicals and water,
resulting in a more secure process control environment.
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