Patrick Aluise is Technology Innovation Strategy Manager at Accenture.
This year, DistribuTECH International had a theme of "Experience the Energy Movement," with thirteen educational tracks and a massive exposition floor holding over five hundred booths. The PUF team met up with innovators making a difference with emerging technologies useful to the grid space.
PUF's Steve Mitnick: What are some of the apps you've been showing that would be useful for utilities? One was Control Center on supply chain.
Patrick Aluise: Control Center of the Future is taking live data from all your facilities. In this case, it's primarily focused on supply chain, but doesn't have to be.
It's taking all the live data from your distribution centers, warehouses, and shipping partners, and aggregating that into one space, which can be accessed through a VR headset, but also through multi-platforms, such as on your desktop.
The immersion piece combines these three-dimensional worlds, and the intrinsic value of that is there's enough data out there to see that the retention of what you learn in that environment is exponentially higher.
From a collaborative environment, it's sustainable because we could be in various corners of the planet and converge in this three-dimensional space with live data and take action in real time, which is the biggest value piece there is. It's live data.