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Velrada makes BHP’s data collection
tool implementation a mixed reality

Combined the usage of Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Remote Assist

Microsoft partner Velrada has supported resource multinational BHP with the deployment of mixed reality and remote working technologies for the use of a data collection tool, which saw its implementation in machinery cut down from months to weeks.

The deployment saw Microsoft’s HoloLens2 mixed reality glasses and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Remote Assist used to supply BHP’s employees with its Dash Maintainer Tools, a system that can collect data from machinery remotely via Azure-connected internet of things (IoT) sensors that is also available on smartphones and tablets.

The end solution allows for employees in BHP’s iron ore team to have access to instructional information and other work-related data on-site displayed via holograms.

The technology combo was used by BHP in Western Australia’s Pilbara to implement a prototype of the Dash tool on a 300-tonne Komatsu haul truck, with the whole process – from testing to implementation – in four weeks. This is normally process that BHP’s digital products manager Alex Bertram said would have normally taken “a few months at least”. Read the full article here.

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