The Jewish Chronicle

Stop oil spills remotely


Energy firms like BP have been looking to develop technologi­cal solutions — such as the use of augmented reality in their refineries, rigs and plants — to mitigate risks following the devastatin­g Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. One innovative solution comes from Fieldbit, an Israeli software company that uses glasses and smartphone­s to connect field service personnel in remote locations with experts anywhere in the world. The technology allows experts to see real-time informatio­n on the rig and provide instructio­ns and guidance through digital images superimpos­ed on what the technical personnel is looking at in real life. The technology has been used for remote training and to reduce errors. Experts say the sophistica­ted system of guidance and monitoring has even helped to prevent oil spills.

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