AR (Augmented Reality) markers are similar to barcodes in many respects – they are a black-and-white image that contains a unique ID.

However, unlike barcodes and their 2D cousins, QR-codes, they have several advantages…

  • They can be read at much longer distances
  • They read well at wide angles
  • They can be used to determine the distance and orientation to the marker
  • They can be very fast and efficient to read, so multiple markers can be detected simultaneously

Do I need to use markers on each piece of equipment?

Where you place your markers is entirely up to you.

However, we suggest placing markers on instruments when they are important to your process, and machines or systems when the parts inside aren’t maintained individually.

For instance, if you regularly need to calibrate a position transmitter, it would be worth it to install a marker near the transmitter. But if you’ve got a large boiler and you rarely need to get close to your individual elements, you can simply put a single marker on the boiler itself and get access to the information on the various sensors from there.

Do I need to use markers?

While we are happy to support other marker technologies (barcode / QR code / NFC codes), industrial environments have serveral unique challenges that makes markerless tracking difficult