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February 13th, 2018

Honeywell Unveils Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) Simulator To Train The Industrial Workforce

Mark Metry Founder VU Dream

Mark Metry, Founder of VU Dream

Virtual and augmented reality will change how we interact with each other and the world. Both sides of the industry are growing and by 2022 is poised to be used in many daily aspects of our lives. Enterprise training in virtual reality is a booming industry on its own.
ABI Research technology intelligence forecasts that the enterprise VR training market will generate $216 million USD in 2018 and grow to $6.3 billion USD in 2022.
Honeywell today announced a cloud-based simulation tool that uses augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) to train plant personnel on critical industrial work activities.
50% of the industrial plant personnel are due to retire within the next five years.
Honeywell Connected Plant Skills Insight Immersive Competency (HCPSIIC) is designed to bring new industrial workers up to speed quickly by enhancing training and delivering it in new and contemporary ways.
Honeywell’s advanced training solution combines mixed reality (MR) with data analytics and Honeywell’s 25 years of experience in competency management is perfect to create an interactive environment for on-the-job training.
HCPSIIC uses Microsoft’s HoloLens, the world’s first and only self-contained holographic computer, and Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) headsets to simulate various scenarios for Honeywell’s C300 controller – such as primary failure and switchovers, cable and power supply failure – that train and test personnel on their skills.
“Megatrends such as the aging workforce are putting increased pressure on industrial companies and their training programs. There is a need for more creative and effective training delivered through contemporary methods such as Immersive Competency, ultimately empowering industrial workers to directly improve plant performance, uptime, reliability and safety.”
– Youssef Mestari, program director, Honeywell Connected Plant
Simulating specific job activities through virtual environments, which are accessed through the cloud, Honeywell’s solution offers a natural way to interact and communicate with peers or a trainer. Similar to a flight simulator, trainees can safely experience the impacts of their decisions.
As we know with a VR/AR approach improves skill retention VS traditional training methods by up to 100 percent and reduces the length of technical training by up to 150 percent.
Additionally, the employees’ training progress is tracked as part of a formal competency management system.
“Honeywell’s unique approach to industrial training and competency development, combined with Windows Mixed Reality platform and devices, is a good example of a major industrial player proactively and creatively driving digital transformation. This is the first solution that directly links industrial staff competency to plant performance by measuring the training’s effectiveness based on real outcomes.”
– Lorraine Bardeen, general manager for Mixed Reality at Microsoft.
Honeywell delivers this virtual and augmented reality capability through with advanced analytics capabilities to connect process, assets, and people.


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We’ve seen a tremendous amount of disruptive change coming from the Virtual and Augmented Reality Industry. These few years are the first steps towards a prosperous future. It is surely certain that this kind of content will accelerate based on future trends.

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