FMD awarded US Navy contract to advance naval defense capabilities with Mixed Reality remote collaboration

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January 13, 2023 – Fairbanks Morse Defense (FMD), a portfolio company of Arcline Investment Management, has announced that it has been awarded a contract by the US Navy to advance naval defense capabilities by deploying FMD’s ‘FM OnBoard’ technology for use on Navy ships.

A recently approved Naval Sea Systems Command contract authorized the validation of FM OnBoard’s mission readiness by implementing its anomaly detection system for the Fairbanks Morse Defense engine. The system will run in concurrence with endurance testing of the engine EFI retrofit.

FM OnBoard is FMD’s remote collaboration and asset monitoring tool that offers hands-free, intuitive tools and technical instructions in an augmented workforce environment. Designed to help increase operational availability, improve first-time fix rates and reduce the time to repair, the platform leverages the capabilities of highly experienced personnel for training and technical support across the globe.

The platform’s remote video collaboration technology allows onsite users to engage directly with a live, offsite FMD service advisor using party-to-party video conferencing viewed through mixed reality headsets. Through the use of a digital twin that emulates the current state of an asset in real time, technicians can interact and monitor local assets and detect anomalies.

“Through our commitment to equipping the US fleet with the latest in technological innovation and strategic solutions, like our FM OnBoard remote collaboration and asset monitoring tool, Fairbanks Morse Defense is revolutionizing technology solutions for maritime defenses,” said FMD CEO George Whittier. “Technicians can instantly leverage remote expertise from anywhere in the world, which reduces costs and ensures that crews are always mission ready.”

FM OnBoard is among a growing number of solutions in FMD’s Technology Center of Excellence, which consolidates all of FMD’s emerging technologies into one platform, including Artificial Intelligence (AI), Digital Defenses, SMART Engineering Solutions, and Uncrewed Mission Management. FMD has spent the last two years acquiring companies and expanding its capabilities to provide products and services for the entire ship.

For more information on FMD and its mixed reality remote assistance solutions, please visit the company’s website.

Image credit: Fairbanks Morse Defense

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