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Industrial Internet of Things

Airbus Soars with Wearable Technology

Airbus Soars with Wearable Technology

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OVERVIEW
Building an Airbus aircraft involves complex manufacturing processes consisting of thousands of moving parts. Speed and accuracy are critical to business and competitive advantage. Improvements in both would have high impact on Airbus’ bottom line.

Airbus wanted to help operators reduce the complexity of assembling cabin seats and decrease the time required to complete this task.
The Airbus Group is a global pioneer in aeronautics, space and defense-related services, creating cutting-edge technology.
Wearable technology proved to be a relevant solution for a manufacturing environment and provides instant access to critical information, enabling improved productivity and increased operator satisfaction while reducing training requirements.

Using contextual marking instructions, the smart glasses display all required information for an operator to help mark the floor faster and reduce errors to zero. In addition, the eyewear technology, implemented by Accenture, also offers interactivity by granting access to features including barcode scanning, data retrieval from the cloud, voice command and augmented reality. Using this innovation technology, all aircrafts’ seat locations can be marked down to the last millimeter and checked for accuracy and quality.
IOT
Mature (technology has been on the market for > 5 years)
OPERATIONAL IMPACT
Increased flexibility with reduced training needs.
Improved ergonomics and increased operator satisfaction.
Training requirements are reduced as operators receive data from the smart glasses in real time without needing to rely on a manual.
QUANTITATIVE BENEFIT
Error rate reduced to zero.
500% increase in productivity.
IOT SNAPSHOT
The IoT ONE Radar indicates the mix of hardware, software and services used in an IoT solution.
Hardware
Products used by end users that contain IoT technologies. Examples include enabled equipment, wearables, hand-held scanners, and tracking devices.
IoT sensors and devices that are worn or embedded into clothing or accessories.
Software
Visualization solutions use dashboards, alerts, events, maps, and other tools to present easily comprehensible data to end users.
Data management solutions capture, index and store data in traditional database, cloud platforms, and fog systems for future use.
Services
Connectivity as a service as provided by telecommunications companies, i.e. data transfer, radio waves.
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