The technologies of AR and VR are expanding the view and enhancing controls for the field service teams in the electric utility companies.
FREMONT, CA: Electric utility companies have their goals clearly marked. Process optimization and digital makeovers of facilities are at the top in the list of priorities. Even in field service, the aspects find resonance. The technologies of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) include some of the most exciting technologies in the electric utility domain today. Taken together, AR and VR can transform the field service capabilities of electric utility companies like never before. Field service often creates the image of on-site teams of technicians and engineers working with complicated assets and compromised safety cover. This is bound to change as the applications of AR and VR now expand into field service in electric utilities.
The Early Stages of Adoption
Right now, many electric utility companies are at an early stage of adoption when it comes to AR and VR. However, the promise of more extensive deployment of AR and VR solutions is on the cards for most leading companies. Currently, the most common applications of AR and VR can be found in training field workers regarding their duties, without exposing them to the on-site safety hazards. The effectiveness of training increases significantly with AR and VR as trainees get the first-hand experience of managing equipment and repairing damages.
Potential in the Future
The future potential of AR and VR in the electric utility domain is becoming apparent each passing day. With technology companies developing advanced headsets and accessories fitted with the most potent sensors, it will soon become possible for plant operators to sit in centralized control rooms and have direct controls over the company's asset, located anywhere across the facility. Although no technology in the visible future will completely replace the need for on-site expertise, AR and VR devices are expected to bring about a level of convenience and efficiency that will be reliable for the electric utilities.
As electric utility companies forgo conventional methods, AR and VR applications will gradually gain relevance and optimize field services across the utility sector.