Mixed Reality Training For Japanese Maritime Systems Workers

Japanese company JRCS is working with Microsoft to use HoloLens to improve worker training.

Much of Japan’s economy is driven by overseas trade, and much of that trade uses marine transport services to handle imports and exports. That industry has seen a significant shortage in trained workforce, a shortfall that one company is trying to address with the use of mixed reality (MR).

Japanese company JRCS is aiming to become one of a growing number of companies who are using the HoloLens MR system to train workers and improve workplace safety.

JRCS supplies and maintains power and automation systems for the global marine industry, and they have teamed up with Microsoft as part of a project that used MR and artificial intelligence as part of a drive to improve efficiency, speed up maintenance work and train new workers.

The company will be testing the use of the Microsoft HoloLens in conjunction with the Azure AI system in order to train merchant shipping and marine industry personnel, including both seafaring and land-based workers.

To improve safety and lighten workloads, JRCS will be equipping its engineers with HoloLens headsets, which will show the correct maintenance procedure overlaid on the equipment currently being worked on. The company will also be engaging with Microsoft language translation services, to improve worker cooperation and training across language barriers.

JRCS are also working with Microsoft to explore the possibility of using AI and ‘internet of things’ services to operate a ‘digital captain’ capable of operating multiple vessels from an on-shore location. The expectation is that these digital captain systems will be ready by 2030, and will be able to use mixed reality to share 3D charts with human users and check sea routes, weather and marine topography to ensure safety and efficiency.


The company says that this project is part of its ongoing efforts to develop cutting-edge technology for the marine industry. For further news on use of immersive technology in business and enterprise, keep checking back with VRFocus.

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