INNOTRANS: Cideon Engineering is developing augmented reality technology which could be used to assist staff such as train crew with identifying train faults.

Someone faced with a technical problem on a train while away from the depot could use a consumer-grade headset to obtain help from specialist staff, who would able to use the augmented reality system to advise them on what to test or adjust.

According to the company’s Head of Documentation Ronny Genge, the use of augmented reality technology could help overcome the loss of knowledge as older staff with long experience of equipment retire from field roles, or could help meet the aspirations of younger technical staff who increasingly prefer office-based roles.