Diota develops and provides Augmented Reality software solutions for aircraft, automotive, oil & gas, utilities and other heavy industries. The company’s solutions are based on a strong R&D foundation designed to address major technological barriers in the field of Augmented Reality. Today, the DiotaPlayer builds upon the company’s experience with industrial deployments to offer an easy-to-use, flexible client that reduces AR usability barriers.
From this unique AR software solution, Augmented Reality features are accessible for a broad spectrum of industrial use cases, through standard AR presentation devices (tablets, projective systems and smart glasses). With Diota, Augmented Reality efficiently guides workers through complex industrial processes.
Background and Achievements
Co-located with the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Diota was founded in 2009 to contribute to tomorrow’s industry through development of disruptive technology. In 2011, the company released a breakthrough in natural feature based tracking technology and this became the basis for Diota’s new platform.
Upon this worldwide, patented exclusive technology, Diota’s team then developed DiotaPlayer, the first version of which was launched in 2015. DiotaPlayer connects, via DiotaConnect, to a variety of industrial information systems (PLM, MES, CRM) without additional development. This solution makes the use of Augmented Reality particularly flexible, easy to use, and widely deployable. In 2015 it was approved by major international industrial partners, and is already being introduced for use in factories by Diota- partners.
Challenges to Be Addressed
While Augmented Reality is a key technology for improving both factory productivity and human worker comfort and safety in the workplace, its implementation is complex and may accompany a deep transformation of industrial work itself.
The main challenges to be addressed, therefore, relate to the deployment of AR in industrial workplaces and environments. At Diota, we identify these challenges as follows:
- Ability to integrate AR in the human operating environment, which means allowing maximum flexibility of use while generating minimum usage constraints.
- Certifying compliance of software and hardware AR solutions to industrial requirements and standards in terms of safety and security.
- Assuring acceptability of AR-supported procedures by workers.
Why AR Is Strategic
By linking digital data on the one side with the human operating environment on the other, AR is relevant in any context that brings together complexity and human work. It positively impacts all industrial processes (prototyping, production, control, maintenance, training, sales and marketing) while maintaining a central role for personnel in factories. It is a true solution to various silo-breaking issues amongst which are increasing competitiveness, accelerating the transfer of competences, and improving comfort at work. For all these reasons, AR proves to be an essential technology for the success of industrial companies.