Hands-on Transformation to the Digital Future: Augmented and Virtual Reality in Utility Operations

With the boom of smartphones and tablets over the past decade, the pace of augmented (AR) and virtual (VR) reality technology is growing rapidly. Analysts are projecting the global AR and VR market is expected to grow to $94.4 billion by 20231.

The enterprise potential of these technologies continues to grow as companies explore use cases and move beyond pilot applications. These efforts increasingly intersect with opportunities made possible by IoT technology — sensors and connected devices that help build a more integrated and extended utility landscape.

Yet, amid this flurry of activity, many overlook the larger implications of AR’s and VR’s emergence. Design patterns are evolving dramatically, with 2D screens giving way to tools that use sensors, gestures, voice, context, and digital content to help humans interact more naturally with the increasingly intelligent world around us. As the utility industry continues to incorporate digital technologies, deploying AR and VR is helping to transform training, maintenance, and field operations — but how quickly and how widespread will these technologies be deployed within the utility?

Zpryme surveyed utility leaders on how they are currently using AR and VR technology, as well as how these technologies will shape the industry over the next decade. Read the report for the survey findings, as well as key recommendations when considering the technology.


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