New Challenges and New Answers For Utilities
In our current days utility companies start to face new challenges during their standard workflows. One of the most outstanding problems is the accelerating demand on data at field of work. Due to the need of accessing information from growing databases and the requirement on complex administrative data accounting on the spot apparently highlight the discommodities of the classical approach of the field communication between technicians and headquarters. The classical information sharing methodology that is usually supported by paper forms, maps or sometimes unusable mobile applications that practically overload the timeframe of the technical team, defocus the workforce from the real tasks to the administrative work encumbering the smooth flow of data during work processes. Another aspect of challenges is the great fluctuation on the labor market affecting to the public works. Technicians have less training time and acquiring the specific knowledge on network state and location become impossible, but also not necessary. In other fields well-known technologies such as Augmented Reality (AR) can be adapted to the utility companies also in order to overcome the above mentioned problems.
Augmented Reality systems in general are systems that are extending the environmental information by:
visual signals (the visible pictures are overlaid by additive information)
voice or sound based signals (handing adequate information at given coordinates)
other sensor signals (such as human sensible information, vibration warning, safety concerns)
The utility companies can take advantages using Geometria Augmented Reality system at the following field of applications:
determining adequate position of non-visible assets, such as pipelines, subsurface establishments
visualizing of networks of other utilities, cooperating in work processes
query data the most native way, showing relevant information overlaid on visual environment
datasheet accessing, colorizing cohesive part of network structures
visualizing technical, topological, financial units
Our Augmented Reality can help also in refining databases of assets by comparing assumed and real field data (such as correct positions of the assets, identifying obsolete attributes) and provides a transparent way of eliminating the differences indicating database transactions.
Geometria's Augmented Reality is also able to provide easy access to non-visible information in real space such as (parcels, public administration, section-signs and subsurface circumstances of the area). The system itself is able to connect to any GIS due to its flexible architecture.
Our Augmented Reality based applications can integrate robust voice-based navigation to the location of work and can help to find the exact spot by the aim of visual augmented information. In that native way the efficiency of workforce management systems can be raised, average work process durations can be reduced.Current state of the art of technology enables the usage of smart devices such as mobile phones or tablets, but in the near future wearable smart devices will come to market. Our Augmented Reality concept supports wearable smart devices in order to achieve handsfree operation for field technicians.
In conclusion we are proud to introduce our innovative Geometria Augmented Reality application that helps to save costs and time for utility companies and can effectively reduce risk of consequences derived labor force shortages.