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WP4 SafePASS Augmented reality applications for cruise ships

NTUA which leads the activities of the SafePASS Augemnted reality application developments is working during the last months on the so called “SafePASS AR toolkit”. The AR toolkit is a set of AR applications being developed, in order to assist and enhance already existing training and emergency procedures and tools for large passenger ships. The SafePASS AR toolkit includes: three different applications.

  1. The SafePASS AR Training Tool

  2. The SafePASS AR Crew Rescue Assistant

  3. The SafePASS AR Passenger Assistant Application

The first two applications are developed on MS Hololens 2 Mixed reality platform (Figure 1), while the third will the third is developed for mobile applications.

Figure 1: Mixed reality platform MS Hololens 2

Figure 1: Mixed reality platform MS Hololens 2

2.The SafePASS AR Training Tool is an Augmented Reality application that consists of two parts.  The first part is aiming to assist crew members in train on handling Life Saving Appliances (LSAs), such as life boats, life rafts and mass evacuation systems through various scenarios provided. An initial mock-up is depicted in Figure 2.

Figure 2: Mock-up of SafePASS AR training tool (LSA handling)

Figure 2: Mock-up of SafePASS AR training tool (LSA handling)

The second part of this application aids crew members during the LSA maintenance procedure. It provides the necessary steps for the maintenance along with useful annotations on the actual equipment of the ship. An initial mock-up is presented in Figure 3.

Figure 3: Mock-up SafePASS Crew rescue assistant application

Figure 3: Mock-up SafePASS Crew rescue assistant application

3.The SafePASS Passenger Assistant (Figure 4) is an application developed for mobile devices and used by ship’s passengers. The application requests a personalized evacuation route to the nearest safe point from the central SafePASS system and is able to navigate the user using augmented features along with audio assistance.

Figure 2: Mock-up SafePASS passenger assistant application

Figure 2: Mock-up SafePASS passenger assistant application

Being now in the final design phase of the respective applications, several challenges and limitations need to be addressed. The progress of the SafePASS augmented reality applications developments will be announced in the next issues of our newsletter.