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December 2016 Vol. 57

Does 2016 mark the birth of the AR/VR enterprise?

Executives at Black & Veatch sought better connections for their firm's workers. The global construction and engineering company wanted to close the geographical gap between its employees and job sites, and to deliver knowledge in real time to its staff around the world. Like so many other enterprises, the firm leveraged IT to do the job; but in this case, the choice was not exactly standard-issue tech. Black & Veatch deployed Microsoft HoloLens, a holographic computer built into a headset that lets users interact with holograms and digital content in the world around them. Now, the construction team building a solar plant in Myanmar, a U.S.-based engineer and a superintendent located in England can use Microsoft HoloLens to see the plant's infrastructure in real time as if they were all there together. They can pull up critical data on the infrastructure they're examining and have it right in front of them and layered on top of the physical infrastructure to verify its quality or check for proper positions. Brad Hardin "When we...

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