According to Research and Markets, the global utilities market is expected to reach $5996.57 billion in 2025. This growth is driven in part by digital technologies that enhance productivity, efficiency, and safety, part of a broader movement toward digital transformation across industries that incorporates smart grids, sensors, smart meters, and more.
A critical part of that transformation in the utilities sector is the ability to connect workers in the field, including contractors, with all the real-time data they need to work safely and more efficiently, while also maintaining more current, accurate, and consistent network records for engineers, designers, and workers in the office.
Simple maps are not enough
Infrastructure GIS technology enables greater reliability, but it is not sufficient to rely on basic CAD or GIS solutions to optimize performance and safety. Cumbersome, slow software does not always provide the information or tools needed, and exporting and converting production records for use by third-party mobile software can degrade data and functionality, resulting in insufficient information to finish a job.
Safer and more productive field working can be achieved with the implementation of more comprehensive, mobile GIS technology solutions that connect engineers with real-time network models and tools, connect workflows across the office and field, and connect field workers with contractors.
Mobile solutions are more than basic add-ons
Mobile solutions are sometimes seen as basic add-ons to utility GIS technology, but in reality, they are business critical capabilities. Simple solutions do not work for complex networks. Field workers and engineers need access to real-time, data-rich maps so they can make the right decisions with the right information, avoiding incomplete jobs, damaged assets, or even injury.
Advanced mobile GIS technology solutions in the hands of field crew members can enable accurate and consistent network records, spur field production and site safety, make workflows more efficient, and reduce the backlog and workload for data managers.
How Hexagon can help
In a modern utility company, almost two-thirds of its workforce is in the field. Those workers need to be able to access detailed asset information anywhere, online or offline, putting critical data into the hands of those where it is most needed. HxGN NetWorks Core | Mobile, available exclusively in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa), is an app that connects tablets and smartphones with Intergraph G/Technology® systems, linking users in the field to enterprise records, capabilities, and workflows.
With the app, field crew can view, search, and trace a network model and redline, edit, and capture a digital round trip in disconnected mode. The app helps maintain the quality and currency of records critical to utility networks, directly supporting safer and more productive field working, including contractors, and reducing the backlog and workload for records managers.
The HxGN NetWorks Core | Mobile app is a complete, new solution based on Hexagon technology (data caching, myVR, HxGN NetWorks Vector Service) and is 3D- and AR-ready. The development was supported by the Hexagon-UX team to ensure the best user experience on tablets and smart phones. With the launch of HxGN NetWorks Core | Mobile, the EMEA Software Center has made some great steps forward on its go-for-mobile strategy. Now, our product portfolio covers the full spectrum from desktop to web to mobile and we have the right offering for every customer and every work process and look forward to more to come in the future.
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