Importance of Rugged Mobile Computing in the Utility Sector

Applied Tech Review | Friday, April 09, 2021

New, up-to-date rugged mobile computing technology helps utility firms save time and money, maintain field-worker effectiveness, and increase customer satisfaction.

FREMONT, CA: Mobile device manufacturers have developed several ruggedized product lines to meet utility companies' demands. Rugged devices stand up to punishment from heat, water, effect and dust, but also provide powerful processing, connectivity and communication potentials. Rugged mobile devices can assist workers get their jobs done in all sorts of conditions and terrains, and firms can save energy and utility firms' money in the long run, despite their higher upfront price tag.

Artificial intelligence plays a significant part in how the utility industry is advancing in terms of its digitization. When coupled with a range of powerful Internet of Things sensors and devices, AI can anticipate and forecast customer usage, foresee possible demand spikes, and help utility firms plan better. It can support disaster prevention and recovery. An array of novel software and applications is now available, allowing utility providers to significantly change their operations, automate processes, and boost efficiency while providing better services for customers. These advances are of little use without a platform on which to leverage them.

Mixed reality is a quickly widening part of technology implementation in the sector. Utilizing a combination of headsets, new uses, 3D mapping, and few virtual reality elements enables efficiencies, specifically in engineering areas. One key instance of this is in the training of engineers at the start of their careers. There is a recognized gap across the utility industry between the skills and knowledge of more experienced engineers and recruited counterparts.

Having this as it is the only focus, the organization can carry out its research and development and manufacture high-quality, leading products. Rugged tools may initially appear expensive than standard devices. However, by investing in a high-quality, powerful machine, users will benefit from reduced downtime and improved operational efficiency. Therefore users have a more enhanced total cost of ownership.

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