16 October 2015
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Increasing Popularity Of Wearables In The Enterprise

There are no confusions regarding the fact that by the year 2018, wearable devices including the head-up displays, smartwatches, smartglasses, biometric devices and activity trackers would become a $12 billion industry. It is worth noting that these wearables would be serving as excellent platforms for instant business innovation. The only thing that’s required is to plan the way in which the wearable technology-related challenges would be addressed and the technique using which the wearables could be used the best. It’s not surprising to find enterprises which are more than willing to embrace wearables for creating custom solutions to fight multiple business challenges. In this post, I’ll be taking a closer look at the phenomenal popularity of wearables in small and big business organizations.

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Understanding the real value of Wearables

Wearables come with a promise of offering numerous benefits to business organizations dealing in different domains. Some of the most commendable benefits include an enhanced employee engagement, an increased process efficiency, an improved customer service and many more. Business agencies where there’s a an increased need for distraction free access to vital information can greatly benefit from the wearables. Leveraging wearable applications has served as a remarkable means of avoiding the need for picking up your smartphone for viewing data or communicating with other people.

Now, let’s have a look at how Wearables would impact the performance of Enterprises

  • A viable means of handling overabundance of content

Business firms need to manage and maintain a lot of content related to projects, employees etc. It is here that the wearable devices would come to the rescue. Wearables would work as handy tools for ensuring contextualized delivery of content to the business manager. For instance, a wearable device equipped with a fully-functional enterprise wearable app would prove useful for monitoring key vitals associated with workers; allowing the business owner to grab insights on areas where there are chances of improvement.

  • Wearable devices guarantee complete security of business information

One of the most emphasized issues in business ecosystem is security. Wearable devices follow a unique approach to ensure 100% security of business details that are being shared among employees and managers. For instance, when a synched device recognized that a particular wearable device in its close proximity; it wouldn’t ask the user to manually unlock the device via a password, adding a lot of convenience for the user. With the two major wearable device manufacturers namely Google and Samsung having positioned ‘Security’ as the best feature in their Android wearable devices; special focus is put on numerous factors viz: IT Policies and Restrictions Support, Device and Data Security and Mobile application management.

  • Wearables are equally well-suited for different industry scenarios

Talking about compatibility with numerous industries, wearables have the potential of integrating efficiently into a wide range of business processes. Here’s a glimpse at few of the business sectors that have been immensely benefited from wearables:

 

  • Public Safety– There have been many fire safety service providers who have used wearables for monitoring vitals that can aid them in detecting issues related to people’s security. In addition to this, even a majority of law companies have used smartglasses for viewing criminal records during an interrogation with a specific criminal
  • Field Services– Wearables have served as handy tools for field technicians who need to repair hardware by viewing its schematics. Plus, these devices also help them in transmitting live video/voice to experts in case of remote guidance
  • Healthcare– Biometric sensors have proved useful for healthcare professionals who need to utilize data fetched from different patients. Additionally, even the surgeons have switched to hands-free smartglasses for viewing health stats of the patient during an ongoing operation or in case of a medical emergency.

 

Finally let’s have a look at some of the visible obstacles that need to be combated by enterprises which have chosen Wearables

  • Wearables would require smarter software

As compared to developing software apps for a smartphone, doing the same for a wearable device is quite tedious. Right from the minimal screen real estate to covering different operating systems and limited memory spaces; everything needs to be taken care of by software developers who’re targeting wearables.

  • A serious concern regarding storage of business data

Organizations would also be expected to pay attention to how the business data would be stored, where and how the details would be handled and anayzed via the wearable app.

  • Handling huge chunks of data will expect a good network and data center infrastructure

As an attempt to prevent the leakage of sensitive business details; it would become imperative for enterprises to have an excellent network and datacenter infrastructure. This would mean that the business agencies would have to spend a hefty sum of cash on designing apps that would render real-time access to vital business-related data.  

Conclusion

While enterprise-wide deployment of wearables wouldn’t be possible within a short duration of time, it is better if the companies start devising the strategies for understanding the pros and cons of leveraging the much hyped Wearable Technology.

 

Author Bio: Lucie Kruger is an application developer working with Mobiers Ltd, which is the leading mobile application development company. She provides concrete information on latest information on mobile technologies like iOS or Android development processes.