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From a distance: New technique for repair work


Oliver Dietze
20 Feb 2014 Saarbrücken - Numerous German companies are operating globally these days: They develop products domestically, but production is done in other countries like China, Brazil or the Czech Republic. If maintenance or repair work is needed, the engineers who had designed the complex production plants frequently have to travel from Germany.

A novel approach by computer scientists in the research group of professor Thorsten Herfet from the Chair of Telecommunications at Saarland University could provide a solution: a platform that brings together the engineer in his office and the production location via live broadcasting on the computer.

"We connect sensor and environmental data, video signals and computer graphics within just one application", explained Thorsten Herfet, who is also director of research and operations at the Intel Visual Computing Institute in Saarbrücken. "The system shows the user several views in parallel on the screen. A camera films the machine that needs to be maintained", stated Michael Karl, who is the leader of the project. "The video is transferred to the computer in real-time."

Additionally, the machine is shown as a 3D model in another window. "Users at both locations can operate the model interactively", continued Michael Karl. "In this way, the engineer is able to show the local staff, for example, which part of the machine needs to be replaced." Furthermore, the platform provides different measured sensor data, such as temperature or pressure. These data may provide hints as to the cause of the problem. All operators are connected with each other via videoconference.

The equipment that is used for this approach is comparatively cheap: a 3D camera, a webcam and a computer. It would be simple to connect the locations via company network. To show the machine as a model, the companies could use the models originally made for the construction of the plant.

For the first time, the researchers from Saarbrücken are making use of several technologies at once in order to solve as many technical problems as possible. Besides the computer scientists from the Chair of Telecommunications and the Intel Visual Computing Institute, other researchers from Saarland University and the Software Cluster are involved in the process.

The researchers will present their system at the computer trade fair Cebit in Hannover from the 10th through the 14th of March (hall 9, booth E13).

Source: Saarland University

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Primeur weekly 2014-02-24

Special

H2020: the long road to an integrated open and accessible European e-Infrastructure ...

PRACE, HPC applications and technological development: three ingredients for a top European strategy ...

Yannick Legré is the new director of EGI.eu ...

The Cloud

Red Hat Enteprise Linux OpenStack Platform leveraged by Alcatel-Lucent, CloudBand as part of its Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Platform ...

AT&T and IBM join forces to deliver new innovations for the Internet of Things ...

Mellanox introduces CloudX Platform to enable companies to build the most efficient public, private and hybrid Clouds ...

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Powerful supercomputer to offer a glimpse of the early universe ...

From a distance: New technique for repair work ...

ECRIN-ERIC to host inauguration ceremony ...

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology to develop ultra-small and ultra–fast electro-optic modulator ...

SURFsara to host Data & Computing Infrastructure Event on 12-13 March 2014 ...

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SDSC team develops multi-scale simulation software for chemistry research ...

SDSC/UC San Diego researchers hone in on Alzheimer's disease ...

Intel advances next phase of Big Data intelligence: real time analytics ...

Supercomputer dramatically accelerates rapid genome analysis ...

Using computers to speed up drug discovery ...

Better cache management could improve chip performance and cut energy use ...

A step closer to a photonic future ...

HP delivers record-breaking performance and dramatic efficiencies with HP ProLiant servers ...

Researchers propose a better way to make sense of 'Big Data' ...

Mega-bucks from Russia seed development of 'Big Data' tools ...

A new laser for a faster Internet ...

C-DAC to organize Accelerating Biology 2014: Computing Life ...

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