AR opens the possibility of adding an additional layer of information. The previous blog post shows a sketch of a person who looks out on the ice, and gets information about what kind of ice it is watching. I belive that to “tag” the ice is an interesting way of using AR technology for something useful. Figure 1 shows an example of a scenario in which a ship travels in the Arctic, and on its way, the crew can see what type of ice they are navigating through by wearing AR glasses. But who is the one who has laid out the “AR-tags” in the first place? One can imagine that any ship can “tag” the ice, so that other ships can see these tags if they take the same route. But this creates problems, first and foremost because Arctic ice is constantly moving, and also because it is very doubtful that all ships have enough knowledge to tag the ice. There is a need for someone who are experts in the field to tag the ice.
Icebreakers are the ships with the greatest knowledge of ice-filled waters. After visiting two different icebreakers, we were impressed with the vast knowledge the crew of icebreakers has about ice and navigation. Therefore, I have reason to believe that icebreakers are the most suitable ships to lay out the tags in the Arctic.
But in which scenario should this “tagging” take place? As mentioned earlier, some of the icebreakers’ main tasks are to keep passages in the ice open to other ships, and assist ships with difficulty getting through the ice. I think it’s a good idea to choose a frequent scenario, so that the most possible ships can access the valuable information the icebreakers have.
Figure 2 shows a scenario where the icebreaker has posted ice tags in the environment, which are also available for the rest of the convoy to see. This becomes a kind of learning scenario, where the icebreaker acts as a teacher and the convoy acts as a student. This scenario will also ensure that the AR-tags contain information from experts, as well as the ice would not have had time to move a lot.