Ford is piloting new software from Siemens that uses Google Earth technology to improve its communication, efficiency, globalization, and standardization across its assembly plants.
The software, called IntoSite, is a cloud-based web application that lets users explore and share information within 3D versions of assembly plants. Users can navigate virtually through the plants, even down to the workstations, to get a better understanding of global processes.
Just like in Google Maps, engineers and other team members can add pins at any virtual location within the plant, tagging content like videos, documents, and images that they can upload. This offers a totally new virtual space where users can easily save and share materials and communicate with fellow plants all around the globe. As a result, Ford expects to be able to greatly improve its efficiency, globalization, and standardization throughout its plants with the help of IntoSite.