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Ford Piloting Siemens Google Earth Virtual Navigation Application

IntoSite_Siemens_FordFord is piloting a software from Siemens that facilitates virtual navigation within its assembly plants. The IntoSite application in the Tecnomatix portfolio is a cloud-based web application developed using the Google Earth infrastructure.

IntoSite holds a 3D version of assembly plants and allows users to navigate virtually through the plants – down to the workstations – and was developed by Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software business unit.

At any virtual location, engineers or other team members can add pins – just as they would in Google Maps – and upload content such as videos, documents and images to these pins, creating a private virtual space for users to save and share materials.

The IntoSite pilot program is initially being studied at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan.

[Image courtesy: Siemens]

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