As part of the secureAR project (funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research), a cross-industry and open cloud-based service platform with open industrial interfaces is being developed. Within secureAR, the Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP is researching a new hardware platform that is used in an innovative AR assistance system for providing and visualizing location-specific data and to the situation in different industrial scenarios. This hardware platform will be presented at electronica 2022, from November 15 to 18, 2022, in Munich/Germany, on the joint Fraunhofer stand B4.258, in Hall B4.
In the future, factories will have to produce even more flexible individual products than today and achieve greater profitability – in a short time, at low cost, with the highest quality. Employees are supported in the best possible way by modern AR (augmented reality) assistance systems integrated into the production and service processes. This improves working conditions as well as production processes and also opens up completely new business models and services.
The aim of the joint secureAR project is to study innovative services in the industrial production environment. To this end, a cross-industry and open cloud-based service platform collects data along the entire value chain, from planning to production processes to plant maintenance, and enables the provision and viewing location- and situation-specific data by a new type of AR assistance system. As part of the project, it is initially optimized for use in electronics manufacturing and aircraft construction.
Bernd Richter, head of the organic microelectronic devices department at Fraunhofer FEP and subproject leader for hardware component research, describes the system: “Previous AR systems are mainly designed for the consumer market. Thanks to the modular design of secureAR’s new AR assistance system, it is easy to adapt to any industrial scenario. We have placed particular emphasis on ergonomics and compliance with the requirements of industrial production. For example, the system can be easily combined with personal protective equipment, such as a bumper cap. »
The system is equipped with cameras that detect the position of the wearer in the room, but it also detects objects in the near field. In this way, operating instructions or information from other people who are not on site – eg remote maintenance – can be displayed in a targeted manner. Ergonomics have been improved and the strain on the wearer in the industrial environment has been significantly reduced. The system is expandable with additional sensors and interfaces.
Data is always acquired and transmitted based on a sensor. In the industrial environment, this data must be specially protected as trade secrets. Currently available AR devices, such as cell phones, tablets or even data glasses, are permanently connected to the Internet and cannot provide such protection because they are directly connected to the common cloud systems of their providers. The L4Re modular open source operating system is used on the new secure data acquisition support system. While always respecting data, ownership and privacy rights, data is transferred directly to the cloud-based open service platform developed by secureAR. Thus, the joint project makes an important contribution to the digital sovereignty of Germany and Europe.
The use of tiny OLED micro-displays that consume little power has resulted in a lightweight and ergonomic system that can be used both binocularly and monocularly. The Fraunhofer FEP specializes in the research and production of customized, project-specific micro-displays and their integration into complex systems. To this end, the institute can draw on many years of experience in realizing a wide variety of microdisplay architectures.
About the “secureAR” project
Secure AR service platform for industrial production
Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Funding reference: 02K18D014 Duration 01.05.2020 – 30.02.2023
- Siemens AG, project coordinator
- Airbus operations
- GESTALT Robotics
- Kernkonzept GmbH
- Technische Universität Dresden, Fakultät Informatik
- Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin
- Fraunhofer FEP
Fraunhofer FEP at electronica 2022
15. – 18. November 2022
Munich Trade Fair, Munich, Germany
Joint Fraunhofer stand no. B4.258, room B4