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U.S. Air Force Awards Augmentir with Phase II SBIR Contract

U.S. Air Force to use AI and augmented reality based connected worker technology from Augmentir to improve the productivity and efficiency of their maintenance workforce

HORSHAM, PA -- Augmentir, Inc., the world's only provider of artificial intelligence-based connected worker software, announced today that it has been awarded an AFWERX Phase II Small Business Innovation Research ("SBIR") contract from the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AFWERX's mission is to solve problems and enhance the effectiveness of the Air Force by enabling thoughtful, deliberate, ground-up innovation across the Air Force.

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"We are honored that our AI-based connected worker technology has now entered the US Armed Forces," said Russ Fadel, CEO and Co-Founder of Augmentir. "We look forward to delivering an innovative solution that will help improve the operational readiness of the Air Force."

As part of the Phase II effort, Augmentir's software platform will be utilized to drive innovation and readiness within the USAF's maintenance organization. Augmentir's software will utilize artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) to enable Air Force maintainers to inspect, troubleshoot, and repair more efficiently. The solution will deliver improvements across several areas:

  • Productivity and quality - Augmentir's AR-based digital work instructions increase the accuracy and consistency of routine maintenance and inspection procedures
  • Knowledge sharing - Augmentir's technology help to centralize mindshare and build a knowledge base for training and organizational improvement
  • QA and compliance - Digital QA sign offs, data capture, and automatically generated audit trail documentation ensure compliance
  • Training and workforce development - In-line and "moment of need" training fills knowledge gaps to result in better skills retention, and Al-based recommendations suggest both individual and organization-wide actions to improve overall maintenance effectiveness

Augmentir's suite of AI-powered connected worker tools is helping companies in a range of industries understand their diverse workforce at an individual level, enabling them to reduce the effort it takes to onboard, guide, and support their workforce. Augmentir's solution has been successfully deployed across industries such as manufacturing, construction, utilities, oil and gas, mining, and field service.

About SBIR

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and AFWERX have partnered to streamline the Small Business Innovation Research process in an attempt to speed up the experience, broaden the pool of potential applicants and decrease bureaucratic overhead. Beginning in SBIR 18.2, and now with topic AF211-DCSO1, the Air Force has begun offering 'Special' SBIR topics that are faster, leaner and open to a broader range of solutions. For more information on SBIR, visit

About Augmentir

Augmentir™ is the world's only provider of AI-based connected worker software. Augmentir's software is a suite of AI-powered connected worker tools that helps industrial companies optimize the safety, quality, and productivity of today's rapidly changing industrial frontline workforce. Companies in manufacturing, service, energy, and construction leverage Augmentir's AI in conjunction with the platform's digital workflow and remote collaboration capabilities to optimize their frontline operations and deliver significant growth and continuous improvement in the areas of performance support, training, and workforce development. For more information, please visit

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