Enhancing Utility Operations with Augmented and Virtual Reality

News taken from a new report from Navigant Research about Utility Operations. Augmented and virtual reality devices are among the most cutting-edge technologies in today’s consumer electronics landscape. Electric utilities have never been known as early adopters of such technology, but that does not mean they must always be late to every party. Innovative hardware improvements and progressive software applications mixed with decreasing costs have opened the door for utilities to be pioneers in the deployment of industrial digital reality technology.

Historically, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have teetered precariously on the edge of practicality (outside of gaming), with limited perceived benefits and functionality, prohibitive costs, and developmental roadblocks. However, new key applications will drive utility interest in digital reality deployment in operations, training, marketing, and other departments. Meanwhile, hardware and device characteristics will either drive or slow the deployment of AR and VR devices. Navigant Research has identified six critical characteristics that a digital reality device must possess for significant penetration into utility operations, and each is identified and discussed in detail in the report.

This Navigant Research report discusses the latest market trends in digital reality for grid applications and explores current and potential applications for small- and large-scale utility deployment. It provides detailed and actionable recommendations on how utilities and device vendors can address the fast-changing market. The study also provides an analysis of key market developments and identifies several prominent AR and VR devices in the market today.

Key Questions Addressed:

  • What are augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR) devices?
  • What are the AR and VR applications for utility offices?
  • What are the AR and VR applications for utility field operations?
  • What are the benefits of digital reality?
  • What are the key challenges related to AR and VR deployments?
  • How can utilities implement digital reality into operations?

Who needs this report?

  • Utilities
  • Software companies
  • Augmented reality (AR) device manufacturers
  • Virtual reality (VR) device manufacturers
  • App developers
  • Utility solutions providers
  • Investor community
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