Our local news has been covering the Pokémon Go craze this last week as the augmented reality (AR) game gains followers globally. International entertainment star Rihanna has banned Pokémon from her concerts after Pokémon were captured at Adele and Beyoncé concerts this week.
The opportunity for AR in the utility sector presents some interesting opportunities and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in the US is investigating potential AR applications for power companies, with a view to determining how AR can improve efficiency and/or safety. According to Forbes, "AR could assist utility workers out in the field working on this equipment without having to pull out paper manuals or laptops. If a worker could have a pair of AR glasses, all that information for repairing could be laid out right in front of their eyes.”
Working with big name utilities include Duke, Consolidate Edison, EDF Energy in the UK and the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), EPRI will be trialling smart glasses; a device that recognises hand gestures, allowing users to navigate through menus by waving their hands; and a helmet with a visor for projecting information.
Says John Simmins, technical executive at EPRI: "We’re doing research to provide electricity to the public in a safe, reliable and efficient way; in the same way, it’s crucial to assure a higher productivity and less risks for engineers of the companies in the energy field.
"There’s an enormous potential in the numerous applications of augmented reality, that allow us to develop safe and efficient work flows in order to maintain a reliable, safe and efficient electric system that respects the environment.”
What role do you see AR playing in your utility business? We’d love to hear from you!
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