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Honeywell adds augmented reality to its Immersive Field Simulator

Honeywell today announced it is adding augmented reality to its Immersive Field Simulator (IFS), a platform that uses a digital twin of a physical facility to provide targeted, on-demand training for the industrial workforce.

The company’s new Immersive Equipment Views, an iPad-exclusive iOS application, mixes real-life environments with digital features and content for meaningful and useful training outside a classroom. Industrial users, who still have the option of the full virtual and mixed reality solutions, can now choose to safely train employees on a tablet from anywhere in the field, without additional training facilities.

The use of augmented reality and automation to address workforce issues supports Honeywell’s alignment of its portfolio to three compelling megatrends: automation, the future of aviation and energy transition.

“As the industry works to recapture decades of lost experience with the retirement of a tenured workforce, Honeywell IFS provides a safe and interactive way to bring the mobile-first generation up to speed,” said Pramesh Maheshwari, President of Honeywell Process Solutions. “Honeywell is committed to adding value and efficiency to the workforce of our customers and the industry globally.”

With Honeywell Immersive Equipment Views added to the IFS offering, trainees are now able to troubleshoot and complete real-world tasks around a facility from an iPad. Additionally, users have access to detailed information about internal parts and components of equipment, QR code-based scanning of machinery and an education hub of models and content for more comprehensive learning.

Honeywell’s IFS is available in two setup solutions to match customer needs and physical space requirements: 

  • IFS Integrated with OTS – “off-the-shelf” software, which is the traditional solution that integrates with the existing training simulator.
  • Standalone IFS – a new, self-contained solution without being connected to the backend of the training simulator, no OTS required.

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