Industry and Construction 4.0 have high expectations of AR technologies in terms of productivity gains and quality improvement. Unfortunately, the early-stage ARCloud implementations do not fully meet Industry and Construction 4.0 requirements and European players may face a lock-in situation if no sovereign solution is proposed to them. In this context, ARtwin aims to provide the European Industry and Construction 4.0 with an Augmented Reality (AR) Cloud platform that meets their needs. The main idea behind the ARtwin platform is the real-time digital representation of the physical world, which ultimately will improve productivity as well as products’ quality in manufacturing and construction through the utilisation of Digital Twins and Building Information Modeling (BIM). Along these lines, the platform will be deployed on a private distant or edge cloud, ensuring the privacy of information while also offering the following key services:
- A 3D map update service of large-scale production lines or construction sites
- Accurate and robust 3D registration of any AR device in large-scale and dynamic environments, allowing to present relevant information to workers at the right time and place
- Display of complex 3D augmentations on any AR device by remotely rendering them in the cloud with ultra-low latency
- Continuous real-time maintenance of the Digital Twin and Building Information Modelling (BIM) processes based on vision sensors available in the factory or in construction sites
The ARtwin platform and services will be tested and validated in operational environments through two use cases in Industry 4.0 and a use case in Construction 4.0. Moreover, the project’s results will be communicated with standardisation bodies to promote an ecosystem comprised of a diverse range of solution providers (small players, academics, etc.).