Keolis to equip its railroaders with augmented reality goggles

keolis Commuter ServicesThis is no longer a secret, the exploitation of the Boston commuter rail network is a financial sinkhole for french Keolis. Keolis Commuter Services has sealed almost $ 30 million accounts of this subsidiary of SNCF to 2015. To limit the damage in 2016, Keolis which tighten the bolts at its U.S. subsidiary, literally as figuratively. To improve the maintenance of this network consisting of 14 lines and 1,000 km of tracks, Keolis will entrust glasses of augmented reality to the technicians responsible for maintenance of the trains.

Connected google for maintenance technicians first

The AMA XpertEye Android kit allows the visio conferencing on augmented reality goggles.

The AMA XpertEye Android kit allows the visio conferencing on augmented reality goggles.

To equip its technicians, Keolis Commuter Services turned towards renais it AMA XpertEye. It developed a kit of visio-conferencing eyeglass connected by various manufacturers, including ODG, Vuzix and Epson. The maintenance technician who works on the rolling will thus be able to get in touch with an expert remained at Headquarters in order to have procedures to troubleshoot any particular piece. The front camera that team usually connected glasses allow him to see it as the eyes the technician and thus provide the best possible response.
Augmented reality glasses interest of many industrial and network managers who saw in them an ideal tool to help their technicians. The advantage of the glasses on the shelf is obvious: technician guard his both hands free to perform its task, the goggles displaying voice-over of reality procedures.

A first test should be run in 3 maintenance centers

Connected eyewear providers retained by Keolis include ODG (here, its R-7 model) and Vuzix.

Connected eyewear providers retained by Keolis include ODG (here, its R-7 model) and Vuzix.


The solution seems ideal on paper, but in fact very few are industrialists to the step. Too heavy, not powerful enough and insufficient autonomy, the first generation of glasses, including the iconic Google Glass have been a flop. Newer models compensate little by little these faults and the solution becomes viable for some applications. As noted by Philippe David, project manager with the direction of innovation and research of the SNCF at the Laval Virtual 2015 show, the lack of 3D content and broader enforcement is another pitfall to spend before put into service these futuristic devices.
By opting for visio conferencing, Keolis Commuter Services can quickly take advantage of the strengths of these glasses connected without having to develop 3D content, a traditionally long and costly phase for old rolling. KCS has deploy the first sunglasses ODG and Vuzix in 3 of its Massachusetts maintenance facilities. With a relatively contained geometric surface, the network problem is less complex than whether to equip technicians involved on the 1000 km of routes. The number of devices deployed initially was not provided.

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Source : “Commuter Rail Workers in Boston Are About to Get Bionic Eyes”, MIT Technology Review, August 16, 2016

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