In-line with Saudi Aramco’s Digital Transformation Program – which capitalizes on innovative Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies to deliver energy more sustainably and efficiently – Aramco Asia recently deployed a “smart helmet.”
Operating on artificial intelligence, the helmet remotely monitors equipment and material fabrication activities, helping to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
An innovative solution
The technology behind the smart helmet, an Android tablet class wearable computer, is a hands-free device attached to a regular industrial helmet. It uses voice recognition software and allows for numerous functions such as easy document and screen sharing, high resolution image capturing, video recording, and real-time augmented reality mark-up for remote guidance. The helmet also enables multiple people to remotely run multiple support sessions at one time.
“Digital transformation is driving change in how we manage our business in Aramco Asia, and it supports our stakeholders through enhanced agility and innovative solutions — especially in times of crises,” said Anwar A. Al-Hejazi, Aramco Asia president. “Aramco Asia will continue to explore and adopt innovative technologies that can add value to our operations.”
Highlighting the value of such technologies, Aramco Asia-Korea representative director Fahad A. Al-Sahali said: “This technology brings about many benefits that enable us to reliably and safely sustain our operations, by increasing on-the-spot audits to monitor materials fabrication activities and expediting related urgent assessment processes. Identifying suitable technologies that complement our processes at an early stage enhances our business continuity measures.”