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Virtual reality glasses trial to improve maintenance of Boston commuter rail system

16 September 2016  •  Author: Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, European Railway Review

In a new trial, Keolis has issued its technicians with virtual reality glasses enabling quick and efficient maintenance of the Boston, Mass. commuter rail system.

Virtual reality glasses trial to improve maintenance of Boston commuter rail system

image: keolisnorthamerica.com

Keolis has begun testing the use of reality glasses as part of its maintenance and operational performance strategy for the Boston, Massachusetts commuter rail system in the U.S.

Keolis virtual reality glasses in practice

Working with AMA XpertEye, Keolis Commuter Services, which operates Boston’s commuter rail network, will begin distributing the virtual reality glasses to its technicians to enable quick and efficient diagnosis and repair of equipment under the guidance of senior technicians located back at its central maintenance facility.

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Technicians are able to transfer live videos and discuss issues with experts in real time via the glasses connected to a smartphone.

Workers can also take screen captures, annotate images, send procedures or exchange written messages. The data flow is encrypted and can be sent via a 3G or 4G mobile connection or an Ethernet cable.

The trial will determine if the technology can help to improve on-time performance and equipment availability by cutting repair times on equipment that may be in remote locations and also help in reducing the need to bring rolling stock back to the maintenance facility for more complex repairs.

If successful, Keolis will equip key personnel with these glasses to accelerate emergency repairs and minimise downtime.

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