MSEI: Tell us more about the work you are doing with augmented reality and wearable devices
LB: These projects are very much in the R&D phase at the moment. We have trialled the use of glasses and while the interface is pretty simple, the challenge is that the glasses are not yet robust enough for the kind of environment which certain utilities operate in. The technology is evolving; we hope that in a couple of years that glasses are in a good position for us to develop use cases on top of them. The challenge is designing the kind of hardware the utility needs in order to support the kind of functionality they need.
At European Utility Week we have brought a number of our offerings to the table. We have showcased our smart home platform and the ecosystem we have built around that. I believe that what sets us apart is that our offering is aimed at utilities first.
We also showcased our smart grid offering, which combines gateways and processing in the field with IoT and analytics – typically around three main use cases: active grid monitoring (medium and low voltage specifically); DER integration and asset management and the ability to use the information coming from the equipment and the network for predictive monitoring and in order to know your assets better. This allows you to extend the lifecycle of your equipment and have better use of the infrastructure. The major benefit of this is that it allows utilities to reduce CAPEX as well as OPEX.
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