ETSI launches framework to enable interoperability of AR components

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Standards body says compliance with the framework will allow broader and quicker adoption of augment reality (AR) tech.

Today industrial and consumers tend to depend on a single provider to deploy AR applications and services.

The Augmented Reality Framework ETSI GS ARF 003 released by the ETSI Industry Specification Group on the Augmented Reality Framework (ISG ARF) will allow components from different providers to interoperate via the defined interfaces, allowing broader and quicker adoption of AR technology.

Global architecture

The ETSI GS ARF 003 introduces the characteristics of an AR system and describes the functional building blocks of a generic AR reference architecture and their mutual relationships.

The global architecture gives an overview of an AR system which is based on a set of hardware and software components as well as data describing the real world and virtual content.

The functional architecture applies to both fully embedded AR systems and implementations spread over IP networks in a scalable manner with sub-functions.

They can either be deployed on the AR device or be provided via cloud technology.

“In the context of the work undertaken by the group, augmented reality is the ability to mix in real-time spatially-registered digital content into the real world,  augmenting the user’s reality with accurate contextual information” says Muriel Deschanel, Chair of the ETSI ISG ARF.

“AR can be a real asset for many use cases in Industry 4.0 or in the medical sector. With the significant improvement to network performance brought by 5G, in particular in terms of bandwidth and latency, cloud services will become essential to a larger number of AR use cases”.

Peak productivity

One of the applications of Augmented Reality for Industry 4.0 is to help face the unexpected peak of activity of a factory, in case of confinement or staff shortage. When a manufacturing plant needs to ramp up production, the operation director can hire temporary workers or shift operators from another line.

The new staff may not have the expertise and/or the time to learn their job, so AT will enable an experienced, remote operator to train, guide and give precise instructions to the new one.

Deschanel and a technical and scientific leader from the the group, Jérôme Royan from IRT b<>com, will present a webinar – Overview of ETSI reference architecture for augmented reality solutions – on 28 April 2020 at 4:00 pm CEST. Register here.