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A new report, Enhancing Utility Operations with Augmented and Virtual Reality, has been released showing that new key applications are driving utility interest in digital reality deployment in operations, training, marketing, and other departments.

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.

“The ability to successfully overlay critical asset information for repairs and inspection, as well as the mapping of geographic information system (GIS) data are extremely useful to utilities and developments in those areas will drive up deployment for AR devices,” says Michael Hartnack, research analyst with Navigant Research.

“For VR devices, continued enhancements in immersive image rendering, high definition field of view, and communications will push utilities to seriously consider implementation.”

Key focus points in the report:

• Understanding what augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR) are
• Highlighting the applications for utilities and field operations
• Exploring the benefits and challenges of deployments
• Looking at how utilities can implement digital reality into operations

Historically, utilities have viewed AR and VR as impractical, with limited perceived benefits and functionality, prohibitive costs, and developmental roadblocks.

While AR and VR devices are among the most cutting-edge technologies in today’s consumer electronics landscape, utilities have rarely been early adopters of new technologies.

To help decision-makers navigate this new realm of products, the research report has identified six critical characteristics that a digital reality device must possess for significant penetration into utility operations. Each characteristic is identified and discussed in detail in the report.

The report demonstrates 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.

An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.