We’re very proud to share the announcement from SAS pointing out the partnership between our two companies in The Netherlands. Below you’ll find the entire publication.
SAS, the market leader in analytics, now also offers its customers the possibility to create visualizations in the form of a hologram. That is why the company has entered into a partnership with Tekle Holographics. The combination of the specific solutions and qualities of SAS and Tekle Holographics offers new visualization possibilities for companies.
Difference between hologram and VR/AR
A hologram is a 3D representation of an object that you can project loosely in space. You can walk around it, rotate the object to view it from all sides, and you can even walk through it and see it inside. You just need to put on 3D glasses to see the image properly. Holography goes a step further than virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). You don't need big, heavy glasses or a headset that completely covers your face; light and easy-to-use 3D glasses are sufficient. This is a huge step forward for the user. Because now it is possible, while viewing the hologram, to see the real environment and to communicate with other people. The user is therefore no longer cut off from the world, as when using a headset.
Hologram via a PC
The great strength of the Tekle Holographics platform is its data compression technology. This unique compression technology offers the possibility to create holograms with a regular PC, where otherwise heavy server configurations are required. This results in enormous savings in time and costs.
Energy, construction and healthcare sector
Where Tekle Holographics specializes in creating holograms based on data sets, such as camera images, an MRI scan or a CAD-CAM drawing, SAS adds the dimension of data enrichment. This gives the user a clear view of the analysis. Although the applications of this combination are endless, SAS and Tekle Holographics initially focus on three domains: the energy, construction and healthcare sectors.
Process combined data into one hologram
Arie den Boer, Alliance Manager at SAS, explains: “Asset Performance Management is crucial for good maintenance and management (24/7) of, for example, wind farms. We use all kinds of data for this, such as the maintenance history, the operating hours since the last maintenance and data from sensors that measure vibrations, for example. But there are also visual inspections by means of cameras. We combine all these different data on the SAS Viya platform. With Tekle Holographics we then process the combined data into a hologram of the windmill. Maintenance engineers can then study the windmill from a distance from all sides: the outside, but also the inside of the windmill. This results in an enormous cost reduction in preventive and expensive maintenance, for example the use of helicopters and/or drones at sea now only takes place when it is really necessary.”
Visualize enriched data
Another focus area is the healthcare sector. Michel Tzsfaldet, CEO of Tekle Holographics: “Our company specializes, among other things, in making holograms based on MRI scans. We process the images that doctors normally view on a computer into 3D graphics that they can walk through and study from all sides (added degrees of freedom). A hologram of such a scan says a lot, but not everything. For a good operation preparation, the surgeon also wants to see the lab results, know the blood pressure and so on. Based on all that data, we can create an enriched hologram together with SAS and visualize the impact of the treatment. This gives surgery teams even better information.”
SAS and Tekle Holographics begin their partnership with a focus on the construction, energy and healthcare sectors. But the possibilities for visualizing all kinds of crucial data by means of holograms are endless. In the near future, both companies will be able to offer their customers ground breaking solutions in many more sectors.