More Knowledge and Capability thanks to Digital Aids
It sounds like a dream. You can analyze network cabinets or entire data centers from inside and out, without actually being on site. You can carry out complex assembly without ever having read the manual. In the future, Augmented Reality (AR) is going to make this possible.
AR encompasses new technologies which enable users to have extended three-dimensional perception with digital aids. Digital and real perception become intermingled. Additional information can be added to a user’s own sensory perception.
Here is a specific example: On a building site, an installer touches an object, let’s say an R&M patch panel. At the same time the assembly instructions appear on his tablet or portable display, including a three-dimensional CAD drawing which can be looked at from all sides.
An instructor or network administrator at some distant location observes the scene via a camera in the display. He sends the installer tips and patching commands by radio. Once assembly is completed, the result can be examined and certified from afar. Besides, the freshly equipped patch panel can be included in the automated infrastructure management system with just a few clicks because all the information about the location, ports and links is already available digitally.
This is all still science fiction. But R&M can already see these and similar application possibilities in the Data Center and LAN Cabling segments as well as in the Public Networks segment. As soon as benefit and value added become perceptible for installation technology, R&M will provide the appropriate solutions.
One example for the possible application of Augmented Reality (AR) is during installation work: The smartphone films the situation on the construction site and displays relevant information, for example assembly instructions. At the same time, the installation can be monitored remotely.
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