Magazine Article | April 21, 2016

When Is Real Time Not Enough? When Augmented Reality Makes It Even More Real!

Source: Field Technologies Magazine

By Bill Pollock, president and principal consulting analyst, Strategies For Growth, www.pollockonservice.com

Augmented reality may just be the “next big thing” in field service.

It hasn’t really been all that long since the field services community was introduced to the concept of “real time.” Prior to the introduction of real-time data collection, analysis, and dissemination, most field service organizations (FSOs) typically relied on batch-collected and processed data generally obtained from multiple sources over an extended period of time together with data often read and input by hand into numerous paper templates so they had to wait for the proper review and approval before the processed data could be distributed to relevant parties. Fortunately, those days are long gone!