Military Embedded Systems

5G-Powered AR/VR deployment goal of Taqtile, Booz Allen Hamilton contract


April 15, 2021

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

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SEATTLE, Wash. Taqtile and Booz Allen Hamilton are working together to demonstrate the capabilities of 5G and the Manifest augmented reality (AR) platform at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Washington state. The JBLM project is designed to test the security, scalability, and resilience of 5G networks and the advanced capabilities of augmented reality (AR)/virtual reality (VR).

According to officials, the JBLM deployment is part of a $600 million investment by the Department of Defense (DoD) to test 5G at five U.S. military sites. According to a recent DoD press release, this represents "the largest full-scale 5G test for dual-use applications in the world."  Planned projects include implementing 5G-enabled AR/VR platforms for equipment maintenance and repairs, mission planning and training, and use in smart warehouses.

The companies claim that Manifest can serve as a digital repository for maintenance and repair information, including video and audio notes, and related documents. Equipment-specific repair information can also be transferred between personnel. Additionally, Manifest is designed to automatically upload all saved documents to a centralized maintenance queue.

Taqtile has also been awarded a U.S. Army Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 1 contract, with the opportunity for the Army to evaluate Taqtile's Manifest AR platform in use by motor-pool personnel. Taqtile also recently supported a study with the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) measuring the impact of its AR platform on technician performance. 

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