APX Skylight System for AMTs
The World Economic Forum announced today that APX Labs is one of its 2016 Tech Pioneers, for its development of wearables use in the work environment. Its Skylight platform links wearable devices with technology and computers. Their smart glasses create a truly connected workforce who can perform with amazing support wherever the job demands.
“APX Labs is among those companies that help shape the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work and relate to one another,” said Fulvia Montresor, head of Technology Pioneers at the World Economic Forum. Previous recipients include Google (2001), Wikimedia (2007), Mozilla (2007), Kickstarter (2011) and Airbnb (2013).
Technology has been generous in devising ways to minimize the workload of pilots. In fact, automation of the cockpit has become so pervasive that the attention of some of the professionals manipulating the controls has been diminished. Some would argue that the knowledge based required of Aviation Maintenance Technicians (a/k/a A&P mechanics) is greater than that mandated of P-I-Cs and S-I-Cs. The debate becomes sharper when to measure of merit is the ability to apply complex, precise adjustments in a demanding environment.
The patron saint of AMTs, John Goglia, would add that the fatigue of pilots is closely regulated, but that the women/men who maintain the planes are not so protected.
The automation support of A&Ps has been minimal. As they grind through demanding, lengthy procedures in confined work space and without direct access to their work cards/MX support information, they become prime targets for the errors which “human factors” analysis seeks to minimize.
The APX Skylight system offers a platform to assist the AMTs with full recall of the underlying instruction displayed wherever the work must be done. The smart glasses have been shown to capably deliver the following:
- Complex low-volume processes that require frequent consultation and interfacing with reference systems
- See what I see video streaming
- Hands free work instructions
- Capturing data and photos on the fly
- Management system to assign work
- Data analytics to track work progress
The headache of recording the work done can now be enhanced—capturing the actual skill preformed and recording it.
Instead of having to return to the place where the complex manual is located, the AMT can view it through the smart glasses.
The promise of this technology is bounded only by the imagination of those utilizing these wearable computers. The increase in SAFETY, quality, efficiency and trackability will produce benefits for the professional AMTs, their airlines and the passengers.