Having already recognized the value in smart connected products, Howden astutely decided to empower their customers with an Augmented Reality (AR) solution that would easily provide insights from IoT to improve efficiencies.
They knew that the Microsoft HoloLens and mixed reality (MR) had huge potential for the company and that they wanted to use the immersive, hands-free capabilities to help customers easily visualize and understand this information.
But they needed an affordable, scalable solution for creating mixed reality content that incorporated IoT data and provided step-by-step instructions on how to solve problems.
They chose PTC’s Vuforia Studio Augmented Reality solution to create immersive mixed reality experiences for the HoloLens. With Vuforia Studio content creators can leverage the richness of their existing 3D models and easily incorporate IoT data to deliver compelling augmented reality experiences that help improve efficiencies and enable safer, more productive workers.
This MR experience created in Vuforia Studio provides Howden’s customers with an enhanced view of the equipment – including the ability to visualize what’s going on inside the machine. Howden is pulling ThingWorx data operating on an Azure IoT Cloud and overlaying it on the physical product. This is to show their customers, in context, the operating conditions, and performance of the equipment to improve day-to-day operation. Predictive maintenance alerts, rapid parts identification and easy to follow repair sequences provide all the information relevant to resolving problems and keeping the equipment running as efficiently as possible to prevent failures and downtime.