Winnipeg, MB (CA), June 2021 - Librestream, a highly rated provider of augmented reality (AR) and remote collaboration solutions has launched new foundational capabilities for its artificial intelligence (AI) Connected Expert vision, giving industrial workers immediate access to the content, people, smart data, and guidance needed to efficiently and safely perform their work. The cornerstones of the vision improve collaboration and knowledge sharing across global workforces and address key knowledge gaps faced by industrial workers.
"As our customers scale and hone their workforce transformation efforts, the need has evolved and grown from communication and simple collaboration to much deeper collaboration centered on sharing knowledge more effectively," said John Bishop, President and CEO at Librestream. "Our comprehensive tech stack blends artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), the Internet of Things (IoT), augmented reality (AR), collaboration, and connectivity elements, empowering workforces to capture, analyze, curate, and preserve knowledge. The human is at the hub of this tech stack, enabling information capture, consumption, and validation. We are excited about the benefits this brings to our customers, their workforces, and the worker."
These latest components within Librestream's Onsight platform include natural language processing (NLP) with real-time translation capabilities to bridge language barriers amongst global workers and an advanced, industrial-first AR experience for the Microsoft HoloLens 2 platform. The advancements build on the AI Connected Expert workforce foundational pillars including vertically trained computer vision that reduces human cognitive load and enables faster time to competency for new employees, as well as IoT sensor data visualizations within the Onsight experience.
According to Gartner, "Frontline workers increasingly will interact with the technology of customers and partners, as well as with adjacent objects," said author Tuong Nguyen, Senior Principal Analyst at Gartner. "This change in the composition of the workload will require leveraging mobile and wearable devices to collect and interpret data, as well as smart spaces fuelled by image recognition, augmented reality (AR), machine learning, and voice recognition to deliver value."
Onsight Translator, Librestream's NLP capability, enables users to simply and securely translate "speech to text", including live transcription (captions) displayed onscreen, and live translation of calls from one language to another. Whether a field technician works with a subject-matter expert on an asset repair task, communicates with a supplier in a different country, or assists with a remote inspection, Onsight Translator's speech recognition and machine translation seamlessly bridge language gaps.
With Onsight deployed in over 180 countries, the languages spoken vary widely across the internationally based workforce. Forbes Insights reports that 67% of senior executives said miscommunications due to language barriers lead to inefficiency. With subject matter experts (SMEs) and suppliers in varied geographic locations due to complex supply chain networks, field teams must adapt in order to overcome language and cultural barriers. Librestream is the first and only solution bringing the power of NLP to deskless workers, which make up 80% of the global workforce.
Onsight Connect for HoloLens 2 leverages the rugged design of Librestream's Onsight platform, ensuring an engaging, reliable, and secure experience across all collaborators. This hands-free solution incorporates the mixed reality features of the HoloLens 2, such as holographic visual interface and support for gestures, voice-driven commands, and 3D audio experience.
"We are excited about the potential impact of HoloLens 2 further accelerating workforce transformation. As the industry's most trusted and most used AR collaboration platform, we've seen the slow emergence of wearables becoming a more viable option," said Jon Newman, VP of Product Management at Librestream. "The experience Onsight provides on HoloLens 2 is well positioned to change the landscape of what AR collaboration using wearables means in the workforce today and into the future."
Onsight Connect enables customers to achieve meaningful business outcomes, such as 70% productivity gains, 65-70% increases in asset uptime, and 3x increases in inspections per day. It also extends the value of companies' HoloLens 2 investments with an integrated experience that captures and shares knowledge across the workforce.
"With Librestream's Onsight Connect with Microsoft HoloLens 2, organizations are able to optimize operations while increasing employee safety and productivity," said Suzanne Gagliese, One Commercial Partner Lead, Microsoft Canada. "This deep product integration is the exact type of innovative solution required by the industrial workforce."
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