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John Simmins works at the Electric Power Research Institute. He leads EPRI’s efforts towards the integrating of AR with devices and personnel in the field. Christine Perey is an industry analyst and active leader of new technology industry initiatives. She is the founder of the AR for Enterprise Allegiance, the only globally-based organization accelerating AR adoption in enterprise.
The definition is simple. "Anything that augments reality," explained John Simmins, EPRI technical executive in information communication technologies. But the applications for augmented reality are far-reaching.
In our latest podcast, Simmins and EPRI consultant and advisor Christine Perey walk listeners through the opportunities for augmented reality, and the need for greater interoperability. It can give one the ability to see around curves, over the horizon, or which way current is flowing.
Augmented reality also brings value for skills training. It becomes a digital guide that overlays the real world.
According to Perey, "People don't need AR for everything they do, but when things get complicated, it can really bring new value and improve efficiency." This translates to dramatic increases in efficiencies and dramatic drops in error rates, explained Perey. People who are touching an asset for the first time are able to perform complex repairs or configurations without serious problems or mistakes.
Additionally, augmented reality includes components of other technologies such as big data and artificial intelligence. As those technologies continue to mature, augmented reality will be able to provide personalized information based on a person's location, role, responsibilities, or even work order.