Can Space-Time Take Big Data Visualizations to the Next Level with Virtual Reality?

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Oculus RIft Crystal Cove prototypeby Angela Guess

Alex Woodie, writing for Datanami, recently noted, “Visualization tools such as Tableau and QlikView have become indispensable for exploring and identifying trends hidden within data. But now a company called Space-Time Insight is taking big data visualizations to a new level with an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Space-Time Insight is a Silicon Valley firm that helps public utilities, logistics companies, oil and gas firms, and federal agencies utilize their field assets–like electric grids, delivery truck fleets, and drilling rigs–in more effective and efficient manners. The company’s motto–’Situation intelligence for the Internet of things’—gives you a small inkling of what it does.”

Woodie goes on, “The company’s flagship product, called the Situation Intelligence (SI) Server, can make sense of large sets of data that have special and temporal aspects to them. The software helps users detect anomalies hidden in the data, such as voltage spikes occurring on the grid or a smart water meter that’s failing to phone home, and correlate it with other factors, such as the maintenance history of an asset or the billing history of a customer. In addition to running predictive models, the software displays the results of its analyses on interactive maps, such as Google Earth or Esri products. It powers and serves the massive, real-time visualizations you see displayed on the operations center walls of electric grid operators, such as California’s Independent System Operator (ISO) in Folsom (an actual customer).”

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