Moving past the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions with AR wearables
RealWear, a world leader of industrial-grade augmented reality headsets, announced its partnership with Mace Group, a global consultancy, and construction firm headquartered in London.
Mace will deploy around 150 RealWear assisted reality wearable computers across its network of construction projects, running voice-enabled Microsoft Teams and paving the way forward for the global construction industry.
Since the start of the pandemic, the voice-activated, hands-free RealWear HMT-1 AR headset has enabled workers and clients to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus drastically. The wearable device also helps companies cut back their carbon footprint by reducing the need to travel by as much as 75%.
Like many businesses, Mace, a company that works on various construction projects worldwide, was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. It needed a new way to carry out building inspections that kept employees safe and allowed fewer people to carry out the job of many.
The RealWear HTM-1 headset offered the perfect solution to this problem by allowing Mace to deploy just one single site inspector to each location. Once present at the site, the inspector could then stream POV content in real-time to a team of remote workers who’ll collaborate on the project together from separate locations.
As well as negating the need to travel to a site physically, RealWear technology also drastically improves the collaboration quality and efficiency of Mace teams, enabling them to deliver better results for clients in a fraction of the time.
“Since the deployment, we have seen improvements in the decision-making process, and we’re able to share real-time information instantaneously. The technology has enabled us to reduce the number of staff traveling to the site without compromising the quality of our work. The time saving and environmental benefits deliver further advantages,” commented Phil Sedge, Head of Facade, Mace Group.
“RealWear’s reinvestment back into product development has also impressed us, which means that the foundations of this technology are future-proofed. We only wish we had deployed it sooner,” he added.
Mace selected RealWear’s purpose-built, voice-enabled HMT-1 over other solutions available in the market, including smart glasses. The RealWear headsets met Mace’s requirements for no compromises on safety, for hands-free operation, and the ability to clip to the side of hard hats. The HMT-1 also offered unparalleled durability and functionality at a comfortable price point.
“RealWear’s HMT-1 is purpose-built for productivity, even in extreme environments due to its ruggedness, durability, and functionality,” said Jon Arnold, VP of Sales, RealWear Inc. “With software updates to come in March that will further improve the user experience, the HMT-1 is set to be a central part of Mace’s workflow, both now and in the future,” he added.
Based on this level of success, Mace plans to surpass the 150-unit mark over the next few months as it ramps up the deployment of RealWear’s HMT-1 globally.
The company has recently procured more units to go out to one of its sectors in Peru to monitor a project and its various phases, including safety inspections. It has also increased awareness through its supply chain who has started to adopt the technology.
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