Augmented reality is transforming the lives of people. We have already discussed how large companies are using it for their benefit. Various industries are also using it to ease their business, to attract and serve their consumers. Now augmented reality applications are revamping the operations at Airports. The use of Augmented reality at Airports is reinforcing the overall operations and security measures as well.
Augmented Reality over Virtual Reality
Unlike Virtual reality that lets a user feel a virtual or fictional world around him, augmented reality lets users see an enriched version of a real world with superimposed digital information. The application will need Smart Glass and a camera. Well, a mobile device that has a camera and screen can also do the same.
How AR works?
The principle behind Augmented reality is that the camera captures the real-world image and presents it to the user along with digital information using different variables. The variables could be
- Direction or location in which the camera is pointing with the help of GPS or compass
- Image recognition so as to make applications understand what is being captured (e,g. it will display information about any painting)
- Labels or QR or any visual codes
So it makes sense that variables have some information. And, AR applications identify and present that information to the users.
How has the Technology been implemented here?
The ground staff or operators at Airports can see moving cargo containers through the Smart glasses in order to fetch all information about it. The information may include what’s inside, unit number, weight, position, and loading sequence for each and every container within the aircraft hold. Glasses fetch the information through the camera visual labels and markers available on the luggage and other containers.
Benefits of Augmented reality at Airports
First of all, the use of augmented reality at Airports means staff can work hands-free. So, they don’t need to carry electronic devices or documents. Eventually, it supports safety, lessens down the potential errors, and enhances the efficiency of luggage and cargo operations.
Operators can also get direct assistance from the control center by streaming the view of what they are seeing. It has two major advantages:
- Reinforce supervision
- Operators get real-time instruction
So, the ultimate results will be improved airline services, airfreight shipment, and passengers’ experience.
Changi Airport: A real example of Augmented Reality At Airports
At Changi Airport in Singapore, one of the busiest airports in Asia, a technological pilot test has been deployed with the help of augmented reality. The prime focus is to revamp the ramp handling and aircraft ground services. The AR application includes Smart glasses embedded with a camera. And, the Smart glasses project information and instructions about what users are seeing without hindering the view.
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