RusHydro Group, in collaboration with the "Energy Without Borders" Foundation, conducted real-life trials of the augmented reality platform "IKSAR"

RusHydro Group, together with the "Energy Without Borders" Foundation, as well as the companies "Inter RAO" and "Inline Group", tested the augmented reality platform "IKSAR" in real-life conditions, in combination with AR glasses.

The development was tested on two branches of RusHydro: Votkinskaya HPP and Volzhskaya HPP. Specialists from the operational services of both branches participated in the trial launch.

The trials were conducted through several scenarios: equipment inspection, performing switching operations in electrical installations with and without the control of a remote expert, preparing workstations in electrical installations according to work permits, and conducting training or control anti-accident drills.

The main objectives of the testing were to evaluate the efficiency and convenience of industrial AR glasses, assess the functionality of digital work regulations and control software of "IKSAR".

Before the start of the trials, RusHydro, "IKSAR" and the "Energy Without Borders" Foundation promptly prepared large volumes of digital work regulations, which were loaded onto AR glasses, smartphones, and tablets for employee use. The innovative technology is easily adaptable as it contains functionality that can be widely applied to various work scenarios.

Thanks to its intuitive interface, employees quickly mastered the technology and began working after a brief briefing.

During the trials, employees alternated between monocular and binocular models of AR glasses, on whose screens instructions and regulations corresponding to real production tasks appeared. All actions were accompanied by audio prompts. The tag reading function helped identify equipment and the corresponding instructions. Performers controlled all actions on the glasses using voice commands.

During the work, employees recorded voice comments, which were automatically converted into text messages during processing on the server side of the platform, with the ability to review this information in a report on completed operations.

Using the camera on the glasses, operators communicated in real-time video calls with remote experts and received necessary comments and instructions. The received data was displayed on the glasses' screens.
A significant advantage of the "IKSAR" platform is that internet connectivity is only required for video calls, while all other scenarios can be performed offline, with the data being saved.

After the successful completion of testing at both locations, the operational staff identified the platform’s ability to digitise various processes performed by employees in production and send tasks to AR glasses, smartphones, and tablets.

Vladislav Sergienko, Head of the Operation of Existing and Newly Commissioned Facilities Department at RusHydro, noted the versatility of the "IKSAR"" platform, its high adaptability to various production tasks of industrial enterprises, and its ability to optimise processes.

Igor Starodubtsev, a representative of the "IKSAR" team, thanked the employees of RusHydro Group for conducting real-time joint trials and highlighted the company’s focus on using advanced technologies to improve productivity.