Honeywell announced on Thursday a handsfree, wearable Connected Plant technology that allows industrial workers to more safely, reliably and efficiently accomplish their tasks in the plant or the field. Honeywell’s Skills Insight Intelligent Wearables feature a head-mounted visual display that responds to voice and brings live data, documents, work procedures, as well as health and safety information into view.
The new wearable technology also connects field workers with remote experts in real time and allows them to assimilate valuable skills and knowledge while working.
Honeywell’s new technology uses the latest in handsfree mobile computing, augmented reality, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and mobility software. It combines the RealWear HMT-1Z1 handsfree wearable computer with Honeywell’s Movilizer platform, an industry leading, cloud-based workflow solution, to support field service operations, specifically in hazardous locations.
Skills Insight Intelligent Wearables offers guided work instruction and procedures plus visualization of documents to facilitate field work with real-time IIoT data made available to the field worker. It also includes video capture and playback that offers learning on demand and on site through playback of video, captured by expert operators working on similar tasks, searchable using voice.
The offering will deliver instant access to remote experts via video chat, who can see what the field worker sees and can provide advice, share documents or annotate the video feed. It also features geo-localization, navigation and asset visualization that locates a field operator in the plant and provides navigation and visualization as required for a task. The rapid emergency evacuation locates workers in the plant and guides them to an assembly point using geo-localization, and man-down assistance detects a man down, identifying the location and notifying the emergency team for assistance.
“RealWear’s 100 percent handsfree, rugged head-mounted computing platform is the world’s first to achieve the Zone 1, Class 1/Division 1 level of intrinsically safe certification,” said Sanjay Jhawar, co-founder and president of RealWear. “Together with Honeywell’s software and services we enable digital transformation that drives higher productivity and safety for people working in hazardous locations and across the industrial sector.”
Honeywell Connected Plant is a suite of applications that delivers higher levels of safety, reliability, efficiency and profitability. These proven industry solutions are based on decades of domain knowledge and controls experience. They turn data into actionable insight so industrial manufacturers can optimize operations, predict plant failures and eliminate unplanned downtime. This new level of consistent high performance makes every day the best day of production.