Augmented Reality For Remote Interruptions

A new survey by enterprise resource planning and MRO software provider IFS has found that unplanned maintenance is the biggest challenge to maintaining aircraft operations, and maintenance managers see augmented reality technology as very useful in meeting this challenge.

The survey asked for the views of 150 aviation professionals. Nearly 60% of the organizations surveyed cited the availability of aircraft for operations as the industry’s biggest challenge. Nearly half of those surveyed said unplanned maintenance and regulatory compliance were their key priorities

Over three quarters, or 77%, of companies surveyed believed augmented reality tools could reduce the damage unplanned maintenance does by providing remote support to technicians and providing one-to-many knowledge transfer from repair experts to working mechanics.

The survey also looked at other technologies. Survey respondents ranked automation, big data, robotics, augmented reality and the Internet of Things as the top-five disruptive technologies.

The Internet of Things was viewed as a priority area for investment by 39% of firms, big data analytics by 39%, artificial intelligence by 37%, enterprise resource planning by 33% and mobile computing and applications by 31%

Of the commercial aviation companies surveyed, 44% said they were advanced in digital transformation, a higher portion than most other industries. Only 7% saw themselves as still exploring digital transformation, with about half having achieved enablement and a third having IT deliver digitally enabled services continuously. A smaller share, 11%, see themselves as optimized around digital transformation as a primary strategic focus at executive levels.

According to survey respondents, the top barriers to moving forward on digital transformation were, in descending order of importance, security concerns, aversion to changes, regulations, the wrong organizational model and inadequate ROI.

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