Disruptive technologies or disruptive innovations are the technological advances that fundamentally change a market or industry, often by displacing an existing technology. Disruptive innovation is all around us, and has brought about many changes. Wireless technology fundamentally changed the nature of communications and now, many tasks are completed by machines. For instance, routine sewer inspections are now being completed using CCTV and other methods of remote inspection, reducing the need for workers to venture into the system. Advances in renewables such as solar PV and energy storage seem poised to transform the electricity industry in future. In the information age, as industry becomes data-intensive, many disruptive technologies take the digital route. In its report — Digital Disruption – Short fuse, big bang? — Deloitte suggests that many Australian companies face a huge shake-up from emerging digital technologies in the coming three years. Digital disruption is driving the next wave of technological evolution, and the utility sector is no exception.
- Underground utilities are becoming important and visualising them with augmented reality is now possible
- The utilisation of this technology is yet to see its full potential
- Augmented reality solution looks set to be the next big disruptive innovation
- Such solutions can enhance safety of field workers
- Using day-to-day and familiar devices such solutions can be used easily and seamlessly
- The aspects related to data security can be easily handled