ETSI Releases Augmented Reality Specification
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 | Comments

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Industry Specification Group on the Augmented Reality Framework (ISG ARF) unveiled ETSI GS ARF 003, a specification toward the interoperability of augmented reality (AR) components. Compliance with the ETSI framework will allow components from different providers to interoperate via the defined interfaces, allowing broader and quicker adoption of AR technology.

The specification 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 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 subfunctions. These subfunctions can either be deployed on the AR device or be provided via cloud technology.

One of the applications of AR 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 significantly increase its production, the operation director will hire temporary workers or shift operators from another line. This new staff may not have the expertise and/or the time to learn his job. AR will therefore enable an experienced operator located in another area to train, guide and give precise instructions to the new operator while limiting physical contacts.

The group specification is here.

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