Remote Collaboration In Real-Time: Honeywell And Realwear Help Transform Shell’s Field Operations

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Remote Collaboration In Real-Time: Honeywell And Realwear Help Transform Shell’s Field Operations

Teamwork among field workers at oil and gas facilities has always been a challenge. A robust radio and a gas monitor were usually their main tools when navigating hazardous process areas.

Communicating amongst each other was time-consuming and required a lot of effort. The new, safe, voice-controlled and hands-free Intelligent Wearables are changing this scenario.

In close collaboration with Shell and together with RealWear’s technology, we are helping to change the way field workers operate, enabling higher levels of competency, productivity and safety assurance through a “smart” helmet. Honeywell’s Skills and Safety Intelligent Wearables – based on RealWear’s HMT-1Z1 headset – will help Shell’s operations. The devices are being deployed by Honeywell to more than 10 countries including US, China, Russia, India, Germany and Austria and 24 operational sites.

Shell is currently using the Intelligent Wearables for remote assistance, which connects field workers with off-site experts in real-time, incorporating valuable skills and knowledge while working. By addressing these key needs, we are supporting Shell directly on their digital transformation journey.

“A new era of computing has arrived,” said Michael Kaldenbach, Shell’s Digital Realities lead. “Just as laptops and mobile phones are standard for desk workers, voice command and augmented reality for wearable computers are now becoming a reality for field staff in our industry, driving safety and productivity.”

The connected technology uses the latest in hands-free mobile computing, augmented reality (AR), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and mobility software by combining RealWear’s HMT-1Z1 hands-free wearable computer with Honeywell’s cloud-based Movilizer platform. RealWear’s HMT-1Z1 has been certified as an intrinsically safe device, making it safe for use in potentially explosive places like oil refineries or gas plants.

By addressing key customer needs, Honeywell supports industrial companies like Shell on their digital transformation journey.2.7 billion deskless workers globally require the same connectivity as those who sit behind a desk – now we are bringing that connectivity to them.

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