Back in February, Microsoft announced its HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition was available for pre-order. To make the device more appealing for organizations in manufacturing, Microsoft has secured certification for the operation of HoloLens 2 in regulated and restricted situations.
Microsoft says many businesses have requested to use HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition in situations where strict requirements are in place, or strong regulations. For example, the pharmaceutical industry.
Within these more demanding industries, hardware must pass certain criteria, such as particle emissions. Microsoft says HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition now has the following standards and certifications:
|HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition Standards||Rating|
|Clean room compatible||ISO 14644-1 Class 5-8|
|Intrinsic safety||UL Class I, Division 2|
Microsoft has also initiated a Rapid Replacement Program and a two-year warranty for the devices. The Rapid Replacement Program ensures organizations don't need to worry about long tern downtime if a device malfunctions.
Importantly for industry, HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition is clean room capable and has ISO 14644-1 Class 5-8 rating. Furthermore, it is certified for Intrinsic safety (UL Class I, Division 2).
According to Microsoft, HoloLens 2 can bring the following benefits to industry customers:
- “Provide workers with access to remote experts any time they need it.
- Complete tasks faster and more accurately than ever before with interactive 3D guides.
- Train and onboard new employees faster with a “learning by doing” approach.”
Recent Military Deal
Microsoft recently extended a controversial collaboration for the U.S. military to use HoloLens 2, totaling $21 billion over 10 years. HoloLens will be used to train soldiers and eventually lead to deaths. That training comes from HoloLens' Visual Augmentation System (IVAS).
Specifically, tying up a deal that is forty times larger than the initial one. Although, it is worth noting the contract spans over the next ten years, with Microsoft supplying and supporting 120,000 customizer AR headsets.
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