Smart glasses for the oil and gas industry: A look into the future? 
Published: Feb-14-14
As energy companies begin focusing on becoming digital businesses they need to take into account that going digital is no longer simply about how to incorporate technology into organizations. It is more about how they use digital technology to reinvent their organizations to get ahead of the dramatic changes. Take a look at the potential impact of wearable electronics on the energy enterprise. The latest developments in wearable technology, such as smart glasses, have the potential to immensely improve worker efficiency in field service, maintenance and manufacturing, promoting the digital oilfield. How? Smart glasses will help field service technicians in the oil and gas industry diagnose and fix problems faster, without needing to bring additional experts to remote sites. Through augmented reality and head-mounted cameras, smart glasses will give these professionals access to real-time information and deep expertise, making them more effective at, say, maintaining a piece of equipment on an asset or fixing a remote pipeline.
Although smart glasses are an emerging technology, by 2017, according to one estimate, they may help save the field service industry US$1 billion every year. Smart glasses represent one example of a new layer of connected intelligence that augments employees, automates processes and incorporates machines into our lives. They would enable on-the-job training of workers in how to fix equipment and perform manufacturing work. Additionally, by providing advanced and immersive digital collaboration capabilities between field workers and the global workforce, enterprises will be able to leverage a community of practitioners – or troubleshooters - to optimize the performance of field services and remote operations. Read more in the 2014 Accenture Technology Vision on how capabilities at the edge can refresh traditional industries.

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Arthur Hanna
Mr Hanna is the Industry Managing Director of Accenture's global energy practice. He has led a wide portfolio of work for a variety of international ...

Dean Forrester
Dean is a Managing Director in Accenture’s Energy industry group based in Houston. He has been involved in many major upstream programs including imp...

Colin Sloman
Colin Sloman is a managing director, leading Accenture’s Global Human Capital Strategy Group. He has over 25 years’ experience spanning a number of s...

Julie Adams
Julie Adams leads Accenture’s Resources and Energy global research team and provides original research support and market insight for the Accenture E...

Jeff Miers
Jeff Miers, managing director for Energy—Analytics, is based in Houston, North America. He has 16 years of experience leading consulting and systems ...

Kevin Donaldson
Kevin Donaldson, managing director for Energy—Analytics for Europe, Africa and Latin America is based in London. He has responsibility for the coordi...

Richard Holsman
Mr. Holsman is the Global Energy Technology Managing Director and leads Accenture’s Europe, Africa and Latin America technology business for resource...

Senthil Ramani
Senthil Ramani, managing director for Analytics—Technology for Asia Pacific, is the Accenture Enterprise Services (AES) Business services and Digital...

James Arnott
James Arnott is managing director, Accenture's Resource Operating Group, and leads Accenture Capital Project Services for Europe, Middle East, Africa...
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