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Reference Number NIA_NGTO052
Title Assessing wearable technology applications for transmission operation and design
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research 90%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 10%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Computer Science and Informatics) 80%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 20%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
National Grid Electricity Transmission
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 May 2020
End Date 01 April 2021
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £286,487
Industrial Sectors Power
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , National Grid Electricity Transmission (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , National Grid Electricity Transmission (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_NGTO052
Objectives This project will solve these problems by introducing wearable technology by way of a pilot study using the Microsoft HoloLens 2, Microsoft Dynamics 365 applications and a Microsoft Mixed Reality partner to utilize data from National Grid. Wearable technology has the capability to allow a user to be completely handsfree in tasks that would traditionally require the user to alternate between the task and guidance material. Software applications will allow mixed reality overlay, guided visual assist and remote assist live video feedback to remote experts.The project will use wearbale technology in real world environment and collect evidences for demonstrable benefits, especially in terms of user acceptance. The project will cover the following use cases: Hands free document assist. Using the application guides to allow handsfree task completion leaving the user to concentrate on the task at hand whilst being guided through the process step by step. Appropriate task will be identified from actual work task. Live video sharing see what I see. Using the application Remote Assist to share live field of view to remote users. Investigation of mixed reality overlay of assets direct to site. Understand the technical requirements and data integration of 3D visualization of substation assets at real world scope. Improving access to drawings on site using virtual document overlay and investigating capability to pull in the correct drawings and/or asset information based on GPS location rather than having to manually search. Demonstrate capability to model a substation virtually to assist in silver command for emergency response. Applying mixed reality applications into a real world environment to determine how appropriate the technology is for a substation scenario – Durability testing, climate condition testing, water ingress resistance, connectivity and data availability using wifi, 4G, 5G in the field. Comparing utilisisation of HoloLens apps across different hardware solutions. How do they perform on a tablet vs the HoloLens 2 and can this make mixed reality more broadly applicable across the business without hardware investment. The objectives for this project are to: Understand the benefits of wearable technology within National Grid in greater detail Exploring the full width of the capabilities of HoloLens 2. Test the concept live in the field and assess the benefits, e.g. reduction in maintenenace time and site visits. Understand additional requirements and costs to integrate NGET data with wearable technology through a mixed reality partner software pending successful implementation of Dynamics 365 standard apps.
Abstract Wearable technology has been adopted widely for personal use and is now on the uptake for business. It is currently predominantly used to create handsfree operation, facilitate remote expert assistance and produce mixed reality overlay of information to task. These applications will be explored at National Grid through a proof of concept pilot study to gauge suitability for wider use across the business pending demonstratable improvements in productivity and decision making.
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