August 18, 2020 – AVATAR Partners, a provider of augmented and mixed reality (AR/MR) software solutions for heavy-duty industry and defense, has today announced that it has been awarded a contract to provide its Mixed and Augmented Reality for Nondestructive Evaluation (MARNE) solution for the U.S. Air Force (USAF).
Responsible for employing noninvasive methods to inspect the insides of metal objects, USAF Nondestructive Inspection specialists identify possible defects in systems and equipment before dangerous problems arise. Utilizing techniques from x-rays to ultrasound, these experts find the smallest imperfections and take corrective measures needed to keep equipment working safely.
The custom MARNE solution from AVATAR Partners will be used by USAF inspectors to access and interact with Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) instrumentation and sensor information. With this capability, they will be able to perform electromagnetic procedures on an inspection device designed to detect tiny defects in scanning equipment.
According to AVATAR Partners, MARNE focuses on critical, difficult and infrequent inspection methods and techniques in order to reduce operational errors and time to inspect. In addition, it provides real-time guidance for inspection by delivering step-by-step guidance as well as integrated real-time data display as a single solution for sensor and technical data.
MARNE incorporates both a virtual environment (open space) and as an AR overlay on the physical equipment itself (real environment). It also integrates with sensor data from the device to HoloLens 2 and Trimble XR10 headsets.
“We are very proud to have been selected by the U.S. Air Force to assist in enhancing the critical inspection requirements they are tasked with every day related to some of the most sophisticated systems and platforms in the world,” said Marlo Brooke, AVATAR Partners CEO and Founder. “Our ongoing relationships with the country’s military forces is designed to enhance vital warfighter capabilities and preparedness.”
AVATAR Partners offers a suite of virtual, augmented and mixed reality (collectively known as extended reality/XR) software designed to strengthen commercial industry and first-responder/warfighter readiness through XR solutions that increase safety, efficiency and effectiveness throughout the product life cycle. For more information on AVATAR Partners’ XR solutions and services, please visit the company’s website.
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