Ron Chebra, Vice President of Grid Modernization, EnerNex
Ron is a recognized thought leader and industry expert in utility modernization. He has a deep operating knowledge in technology solutions in areas such as MicroGrids, Renewable Energy Integration, Smart Grid, Distribution Automation (DA), Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Demand Response. He provides strategic consulting services to leading energy organizations and to industry suppliers of products and services in the following areas: MicroGrids, demand response, battery energy storage solutions and “Behind the Meter” technologies. He is frequent contributor to leading industry journals and for the past 2 years, he has been the Chairman of the Smart Cities/Iot Track for Distributech. Ron has over 35 years of experience, including previous positions with Verizon Enterprise Solutions, Schneider Electric and DNV GL.
- John J. Simmins, Technical Executive, Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Program, Power Delivery and Utilization Sector, EPRI
- Alessandro (Alex) Meynardi, Head – IoT Strategy and Solutions Development, Verizon
- Aleksandar Vukojevic, Technology Development Manager, Emerging Technologies Office at Duke Energy
Digital disruption is driving the next wave of technological evolution, and the utility sector is no exception. According to ABI Research, augmented reality (AR) is expected to balloon into a $100 billion industry by 2020.
The imminent appearance of AR in the marketplace will benefit the power utilities and other enterprises that have thought through both the value and the implications for their traditional practices. Bringing AR to utility field personnel can provide an excellent way of presenting data when and where it’s most needed. These tools also enable greater leveraging of institutional knowledge in a very effective manner, bridging the gap between new talent and seasoned personnel.
One aspect that may influence the AR adoption curve is how to adapt all of these sources of data and optimally use them within the utility industry field force. It makes sense for those in the industry to become familiar with this solution today, as it’s likely to be widely available in the near future. Its benefits appear to be both practical and realizable.
This 60-minute complimentary webinar will cover how an emerging technology is impacting the utility industry workforce and include:
- What is Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality: AR, VR, MR?
- What are the use cases for AR specific for power utilities?
- How does AR add value?
- Are there potential implications for the workforce?
- What’s next for this technology + utility industry workforce?
Industry experts will present findings from various pilots and programs, explore new potentials for this technology and discuss some of the barriers for adoption.
Based on Ron Chebra’s cover story featured in the January 2018 issue of PowerGrid International.