Harvest Technology Group Limited, a remote communication technologies provider, has partnered with Iristick, a developer of augmented reality (AR) smart glasses, for a technology-sharing agreement. The partnership aims to integrate Harvest’s Infinity Nodestream Wearwolf technology with Iristick’s industrial smart glasses.
The Australian consortium operates through its two major portfolio companies, Harvest Technology Pty Ltd and Harvest Infinity Pty Ltd. Harvest Technology lays major focus on sectors such as energy, resources, and renewables whereas Harvest Infinity aims to innovate in the fields of remote control, communication, automation, and monitoring solutions.
As per the agreement between the two companies, Iristick smart glasses will receive support from Harvest’s Infinity Wearwolf application to embed them with the Infinity Nodestream video encryption and streaming platforms.
Wearwolf allows for live point-to-point video and communications securely even at ultra-low bandwidths, tackling a major shortfall of poor quality or congested networks. It enables video and audio transfers at a network speed of as low as 32 kbps to allow users to communicate with a Nodestream decoding device. Infinity Nodestream is dependent on Wearwolf, the software application version of the encoding platform, to run on wearable devices and smartphones.
The integrated platform underwent testing in December 2020 and was successfully executed on a smartphone with the cameras, microphone, and screen on the Iristick smart glasses showing promising results. The trial between the Wearwolf application and the Iristick software development kit (SDK) resulted in trial communications at 128kbps between Perth, Australia and Brussels, Belgium.
The product, set to be launched in 2021, will be compatible with the Nodestream mini decoding devices and the yet to be released Nodestream downloadable decoder software application. This application will also bring support for the technology to laptops and desktop computers.
Paul Guilfoyle, Company Group Managing Director at Harvest Technology Group, said, “We are very excited to be involved in a relationship with Iristick and look forward to our joint opportunities in the future. The synergies between our two companies are synonymous with a motivation to deliver high-quality remote communications and assistance from anywhere in the world.”
“We have successfully proven our Wearwolf application on multiple wearable platforms and we are confident it can be quickly adapted for use across other wearable devices. Given the expected growth in the wearables market, we are forecasting more than 1,000 new Wearwolf licenses in 2021,” he added.
Johan De Geyter, Iristick CEO, stated, “The global pandemic kickstarted the use of remote assistance via smart glasses as a solution to keep enterprise operations running under strict travel bans and contact restrictions. As field workers are sometimes confronted with low or no Wi-Fi connection, this collaboration can overcome that issue and make remote assistance available over low bandwidth, at any possible location, ensuring workers stay connected at any time.”
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