Last week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, GSMA announced the winners of the 2017 Glomo Awards, showcasing companies and individuals that are driving innovation in the rapidly evolving mobile industry. Accenture and Airbus won the Best Mobile Solution for Enterprise Award for the team’s innovative wearable-technology seat-marking product, “smart glasses” designed to improve the manufacturing process and accelerate time to market for the A330 aircraft. The initiative underpins Airbus’ digital transformation agenda and provides leading edge technology and field support enabling operators to mark seat placements six times faster and has reduced errors to zero on the A330 Final Assembly Line.
This wearable-technology project was first launched in 2015 and the team completed the first prototype within one month. To accelerate implementation, Airbus and Accenture worked together in ‘start-up mode,’ allowing a single team of experts from both companies to implement rapid iterations. Used in production since March 2016, the smart glasses have now been industrialized for the A330 Final Assembly Line seat-marking and installation process, increasing productivity and improving quality of service.
In addition to increasing the speed and accuracy of the aircraft manufacturing process, the smart glasses will also help maintain employee safety standards.
This program builds on several years of innovation and transformational programs that Airbus and Accenture have driven together. For this continued work, both companies receive a Market Connections Top Innovator commendation.