January 23, 2019
FREDERICTON (N.B.) – Today Kognitiv Spark announces a partnership with LOOKNorth to use RemoteSpark, their Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) worker support software, to improve maintenance for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in remote northern communities in Canada.
The solution will be demonstrated in the field through a partnership between LOOKNorth and Igutchaq UAV, a professional UAV and GIS services company based in Inuvik NWT. Igutchaq UAV trains and facilitates certification of UAV pilots from communities in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region and the Gwinch’in Settlement Area. The services offered by Igutchaq UAV will directly support regional priorities ranging from the effects of climate change on Inuvialuit and Gwinch’in culture to sovereignty and food security.
The software, designed for the Microsoft HoloLens, will be used to facilitate repairs and maintenance on UAVs operating across the Inuvialuit and Gwinch’in territories. The solution will save equipment downtime and travel costs, while delivering enhanced training and support for locals and ensure that the UAVs are operational when needed.
“The costs and logistics of training and maintenance support can be considerable when deploying technology in Northern and remote locations,” said Neil Cater, LOOKNorth Project Manager. “RemoteSpark can reduce the need for costly travel and lead to more cost-effective remote operations.”
LOOKNorth is a C-CORE national Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research, established under the federal Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program. Their objective is to foster remote sensing innovation and support Canada’s Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).
“We’re thrilled that RemoteSpark can help improve safety and day-to-day living in northern communities,” says Kognitiv Spark CEO Yan Simard. “We’re really looking forward to the positive outcomes for this project.”
IoT integrated hologram of a digital twin from Kognitiv Spark that demonstrates the effectiveness of AR for industrial asset maintenance.
Kognitiv Spark is a global leader for industrial task support software. Partnered with leading hardware providers, they use augmented and mixed reality to deliver holographic worker support with interactive 3D content, artificial intelligence, and live IoT data.
Founded in 2016, the Kognitiv Spark team has worked closely with industry to guide developments to ensure real-world applications. Recent winners of the Microsoft IMPACT awards as well as winners of the NATO Defence Innovation Challenge, they’ve earned recognition on an international stage.
Kognitiv Spark’s mission is to empower workers to achieve more with operational productivity, primarily in industrial manufacturing, aerospace and defence, and the oil and gas sectors. They believe in human potential – and that with the power of technology, everyday people can achieve extraordinary things.
LOOKNorth is a Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (under Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence program), hosted by C-CORE. LOOKNorth’s Investment Program fosters and supports innovation in remote sensing technologies and applications, assists Canadian satellite SMEs to define and successfully execute missions relevant to industry and communities, fosters advances in Canada’s UAS sector – particularly Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations, and helps build capacity in remote sensing technologies and services in Canada’s North.