“I am very proud to have coordinated more than 30 innovation projects here in Ceará, in the last 5 years. My team and I left the interior of Brazil to conquer the Enel world, which shows that innovation has no borders and that we need encourage our team to look for new ways to overcome the challenges of everyday life.”
"Innovation is to constantly develop oneself"
The challenge proposed by the Infrastructure and Networks Area during the I&NNOVATION DAY consisted in the development of an alternative to accompany the team in real time to prevent accidents during field work. Eduardo was awarded for a project capable of offering greater safety to workers who provide services in the energy distribution network:
“We have proposed the use of augmented reality glasses, with a camera attached that shows instructions on operational procedures and safety, in addition to allowing workers to recognize work structures in real time." I had that idea after participating in the National Innovation Award, when I better understood the digital transformation that the world is going through.”
In addition to presenting the solution, Eduardo and his team presented all the feasibility calculations and the implementation costs for 3,000 users. The intention now is to improve the project so that it can be replicated in other Enel Group companies around the world.
When innovation is not necessarily linked to technology.
In addition to augmented reality glasses, Eduardo has also participated or been a mentor for simpler projects that do not rely on technology, but on creativity and a closer relationship with the community.
In 2008, especially during the holiday period, the Maracanaú Service Center faced many interruptions in the power supply caused by the large number of children and young people flying kites that got trapped in the electricity grid. From his own resources, Eduardo had the idea of buying toys (like marbles or balls) and exchanging them for kites. The project was so successful that it generated a great impact in the local media:
“It was a success! I had never given so many interviews, a simple, low-cost project that united the company and communities and reduced the blackouts by 80%”
Eduardo continued, "Here in Ceará, people do not usually get discouraged! A true innovator never gives up in the face of the first failure. It is important to always look for new partners, an accelerator, a startup that can give you advice. For me, innovating is looking at life in a different way, seeking to perfect processes. One should not be complacent with the present and always look at everything that is around us from a different perspective.
May Eduardo keep that hat firmly on his head and all those who, like him, represent the energy of one of the most innovative and creative regions of Brazil.