The mixed reality solutions provider, Taqtile, has won a massive contract from the US Army’s Application Laboratory (AAL) to complete the Augmented Reality Maintainer-Operator Relay System (ARMORS) platform.
The Army’s Phase 2 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) provides the Seattle, Washington-based startup with vital funds to widen the scope of its Manifest platform to incorporate Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO) requirements for vehicles.
Taqtile’s Manifest AR platform successfully underwent trials during the Phase 1 program. It enabled the soldiers and staff to digitize their maintenance protocols which helped boost efficiency and accuracy while making the entire endeavor much safer. It also helped drastically reduce the need for paper-based procedures.
Thomas Mead, AAL Project Manager, said, “Modernization isn’t only about helicopters and drones and the capital platforms. AAL is excited to continue work with Taqtile on a solution that will actually improve soldiers’ experiences in their routine work.”
Manifest would provide soldiers with a revolutionary upgrade to facilitate preventative maintenance on vehicles. The technology could save a significant amount of time and money for the Army while enhancing readiness.
Kelly Malone, Chief Customer Officer for Taqtile, said, “The nature of service in the Army results in a high amount of turnover in its motor pools as soldiers rotate through their assignments. The expanded use of Manifest with Army personnel will clearly demonstrate that we are uniquely capable of delivering knowledge right to operators and the equipment they’re working on, helping them perform like experts.”
The US Army had recently deployed Taqtile’s platform at Fort Stewart’s 3rd Infantry Division. The initiative helped to conduct maintenance operations using augmented reality headsets.
Several army officials have appreciated the company’s technology as a ‘game-changer.’ It can immensely benefit the military by providing easy-to-understand AR visuals for remote repairs.
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