In the increasingly competitive and complex business landscape, audit plays a crucial role in ensuring transparency and regulatory compliance of products and processes. Augmented Reality (AR) in the audit delivers tangible benefits that go beyond operational efficiency.
But what is an audit?
The audit is a systematic process of reviewing and verifying the activities carried out in a company, which has the aim of ensuring that all procedures are carried out in an optimal, complete and compliant manner with regulations.
Audits can be a valuable aid for businesses, because they allow them to ensure regulatory compliance, improve efficiency and effectiveness, bring cost savings and identify and prevent critical issues and risks.
There are three main types of audit:
- First-party audit, which is performed directly by the company’s internal staff;
- Second-party audit, which requires checks to be carried out by the customer on the supplier, to ensure that the latter complies with the standards or contractual requirements;
- Third-party audit is conducted by an independent certification body which aims to certify that the company meets the requirements of a specific standard.
Augmented Reality can be used in many ways in the audit field:
- Remote inspections: companies can use AR to carry out remote inspections with the help of Smart Glasses. The operator in the field wears the glasses, while the auditor, remotely, guides the inspection by providing instructions and sending any information that the operator can view directly in his field of vision.
- Training and simulation: Augmented Reality can be used to train inspectors or company employees remotely, teaching them to recognize critical issues and irregularities during inspections;
- Limit misunderstandings: AR allows you to capture images and videos during the audit, giving you the chance to create detailed documentation;
- Remote collaboration: operators can offer colleagues assistance in real time, with the ability to provide information and visual guidance through the superposition of virtual elements in the real world;
- Helping auditors: In a process audit, AR can be useful to help operators visualize digital workflows of operations;
- View information and data in real time, allowing for greater precision in inspection.
The implementation of Augmented Reality in the audit offers a number of significant advantages:
- More efficient and safer inspections: Using AR devices, such as smart glasses, auditors can view relevant information directly in their field of view, without needing to consult paper documents or additional devices, while having the hands completely free to perform tasks. This helps to minimize safety risks and reduce the time needed for inspections;
- Less need for physical travel: The use of AR reduces the need for physical travel for auditors, helping to reduce the environmental impact associated with transportation, such as the emission of greenhouse gases;
- Cost savings: reducing the need of travels helps costs associated with transportation and accommodations.
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