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REMOTE REPAIR HELMET OVERCOMES PANDEMIC RESTRICTIONS

REMOTE REPAIR HELMET OVERCOMES PANDEMIC RESTRICTIONS

Monday, November 23, 2020 

Classification society RINA has provided a solution to Covid-19 problems by supplyiing lifeboat manufacturer Survival Systems International (SSI) with a Kiber helmet, a fully integrated, wearable hardware and software solution for remote assistance.

SSI provides offshore operators with equipment, instruction, experience, and knowledge to achieve a safe evacuation when an emergency occurs on an offshore installation. The challenge faced was how to get experts from SSI in Singapore and the US to China to carry out hook repairs on one of its vessels,  with travel restrictions in place. The Kiber helmet supplied by RINA was used to enable a local field technician to carry out repairs under close professional supervision by experts in the US and Singapore. Local support was given in China by a RINA surveyor to help with ensuring the helmet was used correctly and efficiently. RINA further supported SSI with the creation of workflows for this remote repair capability.

The Kiber helmet comprises a headset equipped with a video camera, viewer, headphones, and microphone. The operator can receive real time advice and instructions from one or more remote experts as well as having documents and text displayed directly on the viewer. RINA promotes this technology as a way of not only addressing current challenges with travel, but also to increase the speed at which services can be provided.

Mario Moretti, Asia Marine Senior Director, RINA, said: “We have placed a lot of focus on digitalisation and being able to offer remote surveys. The helmet means there is no compromise on the quality or expertise available, just without the need to travel or even, in some cases, for vessels to return to port.”

Mark Beatty, President of SSI, said: “These are challenging times, and this was the first time SSI had worked with the remote survey helmet supplied by RINA. It enabled us to easily communicate and supervise the works from our California and Singapore offices, ensuring a high quality and successful outcome.”

Through the use of the helmet, the local field technician in China received both audio and video support via a secure, reliable network connection, enabling the repair even by personnel without the necessary expertise.

Beatty concluded: "Covid-19 has changed how all business has been conducted around the world and we firmly believe our collaboration with RINA has helped us not only adapt to these challenging times but position us well for the future."

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