The enterprise software provider that leverages augmented reality (AR) for knowledge capture and sharing, Taqtile, announced a collaboration with the management and information technology consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. The partnership’s objective is to showcase the capabilities of 5G and Taqtile’s ‘Manifest’ augmented reality platform.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Washington state, US, is the home for the project. The system is designed to evaluate the security, scalability, and resilience of 5G networks and the advanced capabilities of augmented and virtual reality (VR).
The Department of Defense (DoD) has invested USD 600 million to test 5G at five US military sites, of which the JBLM deployment is one. As per the DoD, the project represents “the largest full-scale 5G test for dual-use applications in the world.” Other upcoming projects include implementing 5G-enabled AR/VR platforms for equipment maintenance and repairs, mission planning and training, and use in smart warehouses.
“The JBLM project is an innovative collaboration between 5G providers and AR category leaders like Taqtile,” said Chris Christou, Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton. “We expect this project to set a new standard for deploying advanced wireless applications on military installations.”
“We will break new ground through our work with Booz Allen Hamilton, demonstrating the advanced capabilities and tangible benefits of 5G and the Manifest AR platform on a military base,” stated Dirck Schou, CEO of Taqtile. “The ability to use Manifest and 5G to put knowledge at the fingertips of frontline military personnel will make them exponentially more efficient and effective at their tasks.”
Taqtile’s Manifest platform can act as a digital repository for maintenance and repair information in various formats, including video and audio notes and related documents. It reduces delays and the risk of human error by enabling seamless transfer of equipment-specific repair information between personnel.
Taqtile also mentioned that the project further enhances its strategic partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton to drive XR capabilities into DoD.
“Booz Allen is committed to remaining on the edge, integrating and deploying advanced capabilities for the warfighter,” said Eric Billies, Booz Allen’s Principal, guiding business in the Pacific Northwest and delivering immersive solutions for several defense clients.
“That is why partnering with companies like Taqtile is so valuable – combining applications like Manifest with other technologies including 5G, AI/ML and cybersecurity helps our clients realize the power of XR for mission execution.”
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