PTC-hosted AREA Enterprise AR Interoperability Requirements Workshop

Date of Event:

Jan 14 2020


Boston, MA.


PTC Corporate Experience Center
121 Seaport Boulevard
Boston, MA.

Is this the event for you? Please scroll down to the Registration & Fees section to complete the short pre-event questionnaire.

Overview of event

On January 14, 2020, the AREA will conduct its first full-day workshop to brainstorm and document enterprise AR interoperability requirements for workers who can use AR to perform operations on a shop floor more efficiently and safely. The use cases include providing job orders, configuring instruments or machinery, servicing or repairing components and machinery in a plant, ensuring correct materials are positioned with respect to machinery and support critical processes, navigating a user to job site, delivery of complex instructions, quality inspection and remote expert support.

This workshop, a component of the AREA Interoperability and Standards program, is designed to provide value to the following stakeholders:

  • Representatives of enterprise organizations with manufacturing or assembly use cases that meet the workshop’s criteria will learn how to develop requirements and contribute their requirements which, if/when met will improve their ability to integrate AR into their business and shorten ROI,
  • Standards Development Organizations (staff and members) will have a more detailed understanding of the customer requirements and, based on those, be able to evaluate if/how their organizations can reduce barriers to enterprise AR interoperability.

In the future, the AREA will conduct additional workshops on other mature use cases and industries of high interest.

Invitation to Participants

The AREA is calling for participation from representatives of large enterprises (AREA and non-members) with current AR projects or pilots for shop floor use cases and who are facing integration challenges. The participants will contribute their requirements in an anonymous yet structured manner in this workshop. 

In order to develop the highly-focused requirements needed to develop standards in a short amount of time, the AREA is looking for participants working in the IT departments of large enterprises and with recent (past 12 months) participation in AR pilots and/or integration projects. To see if you qualify, please complete this short survey. If you qualify, you will receive an invitation via an e-mail with all necessary information for completing your registration.

Participation from SDOs is highly encouraged. Vendor/supplier organizations are welcome on condition that there is a minimum number of their customers registered. We are also seeking discussion leaders. Please contact Christine Perey, workshop chair, for more information.

Participation Benefits 

All participants will have the opportunity to share their barriers to integration without disclosing confidential and proprietary information. They will also hear what their peers are doing to address the same or similar barriers to integration, and receive the post-workshop report about the requirements identified by participants. After the workshop all participants will also receive an exclusive invitation to continue the workshop dialog on the AREA Discord server. 

AREA members will have the highest opportunity to lead and directly influence the direction of AR technology interoperability and lower the barriers to integration. 

Workshop Results 

A short report with workshop outcomes will be published on this web page. Participant companies and names will not be disclosed in the workshop report. 

The report will be promoted at large by the AREA on its web site and social media, and shared with all Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) and AR companies who seek insights about Interoperability Requirements. 


For those arriving on January 13, 2020, there will be an evening reception organized. The workshop will be held from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Eastern (Boston, MA).

 Session  Start  End
 Badge pick up/coffee  8 AM  8:30 AM
 Opening Session  8:30 AM  9:15 AM
 Break  9:15 AM  9:30 AM
 Brainstorming  Small  groups  9:30 AM  10:30 AM
 Brainstorming  Small groups  10:30 AM  11:30 AM
 Tour of the PTC CXC  11:30 AM  12:00 PM
 Lunch  12:00 PM  1:00 PM
 Brainstorming  Small groups  1:00 PM  3:00 PM
 Prioritization and Processing   3:30 PM  4:15 PM
 Closing/Next Steps  4:15 PM  5:00 PM


Registration and Fees

Participants must pre-qualify by completing a short questionnaire about their status and experience with enterprise AR. 

Qualified applicants will receive an e-mail containing the link to the AREA workshop registration page. 

 Participant  Early Bird (before or on Oct 31)  Regular
 AREA Member  $120/participant  $150/participant
 Non-Member  $150/participant  $180/participant


Location and Travel

The workshop will be hosted by PTC and conducted at:

PTC Corporate Experience Center
121 Seaport Boulevard
Boston, MA.

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