CommScope has demonstrated augmented reality (AR) capabilities with its imVision automated infrastructure management solution which will soon allow customers to ‘see into their local area networks.
The software already enables IT managers to monitor and control their network infrastructure. Located in a data centre or IT closet, imVision can remotely show where ports are located and how they are connected back to the main location. However, users can still struggle to physically see the port information or actual connection behind ceiling tiles or walls. The new AR capabilities in imVision are designed to combat this, speeding up troubleshooting and provisioning.
The infrastructure provider believes that there are many advantages associated with bringing AR to imVision. As part of a recent technology assessment, it collaborated with Joinpad to develop several functional AR prototypes based on use cases that are typically performed during cabling administration tasks. These covered implementation of moves/adds/changes, troubleshooting cabling connectivity, and maintenance work on cabling infrastructure in the ceiling. The prototype applications, which work on mobile devices and smart glasses, enable users to experience the benefits of AR technology first-hand.
Ernie Pickens, senior vice president of Enterprise Solutions, CommScope commented on the development: ‘What started as an application for gamers and entertainment has now entered the business world and organisations are beginning to see the value that AR can bring to various industries. Coupling AR with intelligent infrastructure to ‘see’ cables and connections behind walls and in ceilings is just the first of many uses where we believe customers will find value.’