Aviation Industry Will Benefit From Immersive Tech Like AR and VR

by Itika Singhal

Applications of virtual reality and augmented reality in aviation industry will transform it’s processes, make it more secure and safe.

The aviation industry might be at it’s all time operation low due to the on going pandemic but it does not mean that we cannot prepare for the future and bring in innovation while we have time at hand. The post-pandemic aviation industry will not only judged by its safety and hygiene standards but also smooth reopening & transformation with the usage of technology.

Augmented and virtual reality are the two sister technologies that will transform every business in every industry. Aviation industry will make great use of these technologies to improve its processes and also make their operations more secure as lives depend on what they do. Hiverlab is a Singapore based media technology company which deals with immersive technologies. Their work is commendable and inspirational even while XR and it’s applications are in it’s nascent stage.

We interviewed Mr. Ender Jiang, Founder of Hiverlab about the work they have done in aviation industry with the help of augmented and virtual realities. One of the notable projects they have done is on how virtual reality can be used for aircraft crash investigation. Here is what he has to say –

You have been operating in the field of immersive technologies for quite a few years now. AR and VR is all about improving human connections. How do you think these technologies are making the word more inclusive?

At Hiverlab, we believe that Immersive Technology (AR, VR, MR) is the next technological revolution. Not just for communications, but for all aspects of our lives.

If you look at the history of communication. Mankind started off with writings on walls and scripts. This then evolved into the radio, then television, we believe that immersive technology is the next evolution of communication. 

We went through your portfolio of work and what caught our immediate attention was your project on Aircraft crash investigation. Both AR and VR can have huge impact on saving lives during the crisis as well as investigating the cause of the incident. Request you to pls tell our readers about this project.

It was an initiative from Singapore Aviation Academy, the internationally-recognised training arm of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore. This multi-user VR experience allows for the training of aircraft crash site investigation techniques and safety precautions, where the trainer can monitor the overall progress of the class. 

This program has clinched the CAAS’ DG Innovation Award 2019 (Outstanding) and the Ministry of Transport (MOT)’s Minister Value-for-Money Award 2019 (Merit)

Aircraft Crash VR Investigation – An Hiverlab project.
Picture credit: www.hiverlab.com

How do you think AR & VR can help in training first responders better as well as how can these technologies equip them to act efficiently during the crisis?

Generally speaking, the value of such VR training programs is that they help the trainees to familiarize themselves with the training Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) while situating them into the “real” environment. The system tracks the trainees’ behaviours in the environment, so based on the assessment feedback, they can further improve. This form of learning is much more effective and comprehensive compared to the traditional model of training. Trainees can be trained on more situations in a shorter span of time. The cognitive aspect of VR helps trainees pick up the procedures quickers versus classroom-to-field trainings.

Since we are talking about aviation industry, is there a way augmented and virtual reality can be used during pre-flight checks, to raise alarms and warn beforehand to avoid such devastating incidents?

 Immersive technology can be paired with digital twin solutions to visualize the status of machines & engines in real time and raise alarm if needed. The value here is that responders will visually know where the fault is within the aeroplane.

Now coming to the lighter topic in context of aviation itself, tell us a bit about virtual reality’s application in in-flight entertainment systems. How will immersive technologies change the way people travel!

While this is not in-flight entertainment, one application of immersive technology in travel these days is to enable ‘virtual tours’ overseas. Due to Covid-19, people are not able to travel. VR allows users to explore overseas in the comfort of their own home. One of our product – StoryHive – enables this.

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