New AR-Powered App Remotely Manages Plants

Siemens has introduced its Comos Mobile Worker, a new software application for mobile data management with integrated reality functionalities. Particularly, the app enables fast and safe maintenance of process plants.

Furthermore, the app processes the required data, including ERP systems, engineering data, and live data from the process control system. Siemens developed the app along with Augmensys GmbH, which specializes in mobile data management and augmented reality.

Reduces Plant Downtimes

Thanks to the direct connection to the Comos engineering software, all linked engineering data give holistic view of the plant. At the same time, the bidirectional exchange between the systems allows easy and secure transfers of changes or annotations.

The integration of location data also supports on-site navigation. If necessary, AR displays the relevant information to the user on a mobile device such as a tablet, smartphone, or data glasses. Correspondingly, the user can edit the data directly in the field. It can document work packages as done and import photos. In addition, it notes back into the corresponding information sources via bidirectional interface.

Consequently, this information is then accessible to all authorized employees who can process directly. By contacting the service technician via video chat can reduce unplanned plant downtimes to a minimum or avoided altogether.

“Comos Mobile Worker” is a new software application for mobile data management with integrated augmented reality functionalities from Siemens.

Digitize, Automate Fieldworks

Use cases include commissioning, inspection, mobile maintenance, and remote access to experts. A continuous Ethernet connection within the system is not necessary, as data processed by the offline function can be synchronized retrospectively.

Moreover, the UBIK software platform of Siemens partner Augmensys powers the Comos Mobile Worker app, and can also work as a standalone. The solution is part of the “Siemens Digital Worker”, a concept that enables operating personnel to digitize and automate work in the field using state-of-the-art technologies such as AR/VR.