Manifest Digitization Platform Supports Multiple Army Maintenance Applications
SEATTLE — March 15, 2022 – The U.S. Army and its Army Application Laboratory (AAL) awards a Phase 2 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract to Taqtile to fulfill their Augmented Reality Maintainer-Operator Relay System (ARMORS) vision. Taqtile, a leader in augmented reality (AR) based work-instruction solutions will expand deployment of the company’s innovative Manifest® platform to address the Army’s Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) needs across multiple vehicle platforms.
The recently completed Phase 1 program enabled the Army to validate Manifest’s unique capabilities to support digital transformation of motor pool MRO. Manifest demonstrably empowered personnel to complete complex tasks more safely, more efficiently, and more accurately than was possible with outdated paper-based processes.
“Modernization isn’t only about helicopters and drones and the capital platforms,” said Thomas Mead, Army Application Laboratory Project Manager. “AAL is excited to continue work with Taqtile on a solution that will actually improve soldiers’ experiences in their routine work. Taqtile’s Manifest platform is a state-of-the-art upgrade to the way soldiers perform preventative maintenance on their vehicles that will save time and money while improving readiness.”
“The nature of service in the Army results in a high amount of turnover in its motor pools as soldiers rotate through their assignments,” said Mr. Kelly Malone, chief customer officer, Taqtile. “The expanded use of Manifest with Army personnel will clearly demonstrate that we are uniquely capable of delivering knowledge right to operators and the equipment they’re working on, helping them perform like experts.”
Phase 2 of the project will further integrate Manifest with existing Army IT systems, including automatic initiation of resolution processes. Manifest will also deliver enhance permission-based management of workflows, building upon Manifest’s industry-leading AR-based guidance.
During the vehicle maintenance process, Army mechanics can access and follow Manifest’s spatially anchored, step-by-step instructions with embedded multimedia content to efficiently complete complex maintenance tasks the first time. Device agnostic and highly scalable, Manifest also delivers additional support when needed, giving motor personnel real-time access to AR-enabled, step-by-step guidance from expert Army technicians, anywhere, anytime.
Manifest can also serve as a digital repository for maintenance and repair information, including video and audio “notes,” and related documents such as Army Technical Manuals (TMs). Vehicle-specific repair information can be seamlessly transferred between personnel, reducing delays and risk of human error.
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AAL focuses on solving Army problems, not scouting new tech. Our mission is to accelerate the discovery, evaluation, and transition of dual-use technology and business practices to help the Army Futures Command (AFC) fundamentally reshape how the U.S. Army delivers capabilities in support of Multi-Domain Operations. The Army Applications Laboratory (AAL) is the leading edge of Army transformation from the industrial age to the information age, because we question “why” and deliver “what if.” www.aal.army
Seattle-based Taqtile is revolutionizing how deskless workers do their jobs. Taqtile exists to empower and equip people with the tools they need to complete their jobs flawlessly, accurately, every time. By leveraging proven technologies, including augmented reality, 3D visualization, and real-time collaborative communication, Taqtile’s Manifest platform empowers deskless workers to complete complex tasks more efficiently, completely, and safely than ever before. Taqtile is the 2020 Microsoft Mixed Reality Partner of the Year and a proud member of Fast Company’s “World Changing Ideas” list in 2021.” For more information on Taqtile and Manifest, please visit www.taqtile.com.