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Augmented Reality: Holding the Key to the Future of Utilities
By Utilities Tech Outlook | Monday, August 05, 2019
Augmented reality is developing as a technology asset with numerous use cases for utilities.
FREMONT, CA: Augmented Reality (AR) is a key to providing relevant insights by making the appropriate data accessible to the right individual at the right time and the right place, in a way that is simple and spontaneous. AR technology caters to the digital transformation of the utility world via digital devices. This advanced technology is a live, direct, and indirect prospect of a physical, real-world platform. AR is beneficial for investor-owned cooperative utilities that enhance businesses processes. It advances power restoration and assists in addressing the difficulties of aging, retiring utility workforce, promoting the preservation of institutional knowledge. The components are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as graphics, sound, video, or GPS data.
Bringing AR to utility field staff provides a unique way of presenting data when and where it's most required. One perspective that influences the AR adoption curve is how to adapt all of the sources of data and optimally utilize them within the utility industry field force. Technicians can overlay a 3D model on an original piece of equipment. They can also inspect the internal components of a part of the equipment and explore its internal operations.
A research institute is working with big utilities to explain how AR will fit into the industry's workplace. There have been many developments on various AR devices from holographic displays, Heads Up Displays (HUD), and smartphone-based applications. Systems are being designed to combine GIS technology with AR to display infrastructure on-field and in real-time.
According to a report, the utility segment will achieve a 15-20 percent raise efficiency with the application of augmented reality. An AR-equipped mobile device allows a subject matter specialist to advise the field technician on what measures to take. The advanced technology enhances operational safety that allows for better visualization of underground assets and complicated components, mitigating accidents. Customers through mobile devices, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) along with the sensors, can provide feed to the AR systems.
AR and its variants virtual reality and mixed reality are set to take off considerably and will bring in unique value to the energy area. AR also comes into action when a field technician is in place but lacks the expertise, knowledge, or access to data required. The enterprise is ready for AR's drive, which ensures to make workflows more efficient and reliable, and workers more prolific. Systems and devices have reached an affordable price point for these solutions to facilitate knowledge sharing. It gives workplace productivity means, an outstanding opportunity for investment on the technological front.
There is tremendous potential in the numerous applications of AR that enables developing safe and efficient workflows to maintain a reliable and effective electric system that values the environment. The utilities will also gain knowledge of several of the vendors in the AR space and can analyze technologies and ease of doing business. Wearable technologies are evolving fast and are experiencing an increasing number of use cases continuing to seek the utility interest, and the application of AR is likely to line the future.