Luminous Group develops fire safety survey tool using Microsoft HoloLens

Lindsay James
Lindsay James
By Lindsay James on 04 October 2018
Luminous Group develops fire safety survey tool using Microsoft HoloLens

Newcastle-based Luminous Group has developed a new fire safety survey tool using Microsoft HoloLens. The RIVO 3D mapping system uses mixed reality technology to digitise traditionally paper-based processes.

Luminous Group says the tool could revolutionise the effectiveness of vital fire safety surveys which are regularly carried out in the oil and gas, facilities management and construction industries.

The RIVO package uses Microsoft’s Inside Out tracking and harnesses both virtual and augmented reality. It is accessed using a Microsoft HoloLens headset.

This 3D mapping system can be applied to enhance fire safety by drawing up critical information in real time, be it emergency evacuation points or fire routes.

HoloLens, which is also currently being used by NASA and Jaguar Land Rover, can remember real world locations and scan its surroundings and project holographic images into that location.

Ben Bennett, managing director of Luminous Group and a specialist in 3D laser scanning, modelling and visualisation, says: “After the smartphone, mixed reality and holographic computing is the next major technological disruption. At Luminous, we’re excited about the next generation of spatial apps to capitalize on this and make 3D imaging simple for everyone.”

RIVO uses this mixed reality technology to allow rapid 3D mapping of assets by tagging 3D objects into real-world locations in real time, which will be accessible via an app. After an item is tagged, the user is then able to access the database and then assign rich intelligent data in the form of voice notes, videos or images.

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