MedGizmo: Wearables in Business Update
We have covered some issues of the role of wearables in business. Here is a couple of references:
- Wearables and IoT Open New Horizons for Business
- Will Enterprise Wearables Be Accepted in Business?
- Wearables could make it impossible to keep your hangover secret at work
- Digital Heath: Catalyst for Business Changes
It is hardly to come across the person in today’s business environment that does not use smartphones and tablets. This trend leads to adoption of the Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) in many businesses around the world. This policy has a lot of problems itself - that we are not focusing on; rather we would like to mention that it creates more user-friendly environment and makes work more efficient. Research shows that about 79% of European enterprises have staff members using some form of wearable technology.
Here, a good volume of information is provided by Vanson Bourne – a global technology market research firm (BTW, Vanson Bourne has a very detailed and informative page on wearables that I strongly suggest to visit)
The firm has this information – which is a bit outdated – but I presume, correct.
Epson has its view:
Wearables at work – from professional to industrial
The real short term opportunity for wearables this year – away from the fitness trackers and health gadgets already saturating the consumer market – lies with businesses.
Next year, an increasing number of businesses – for example in the professional services and industrial sectors – will look to wearable technologies to enhance efficiency and streamline processes. A wide variety of sectors – from health and logistics, to arts and entertainment and manufacturing – are already harnessing the power of augmented reality glasses to provide a more interactive customer service, train staff and improve patients’ quality of treatment and care. As more applications for wearables are unearthed, we expect to see more businesses showcase exciting uses of wearables in industry next year. This is where the technology can have real, life-changing impact.
Wearing devices such as brain activity sensors, motion monitors and posture coaches can significantly increase employees’ productivity while also improving their job satisfaction, according to this innovative research
- KEY FINDING ONE: wearable technology can boost employees’ productivity – and lift job satisfaction
- KEY FINDING TWO: five approaches to using the devices and the data they produce
- KEY FINDING THREE: companies will need to be flexible in their use of the cloud when collecting and analysing the data
So, what are the most common areas?
YET Analytics cites these applications of wearable technology in business:
- Sales Performance
- Employee Wellness
- Operational Efficiency
- Inventory Management
- Employee Safety
iOFFICE Corp. has this clip from infographics that shows how IoT comes into the office business
Download full infographics HERE
And they also provide some advice in Wearable Tech at Work: Great Idea or Security Nightmare?
So what can you do to make use of these devices and also benefit? Here are three tips
1. Create a BYOD Policy
2. Secure All Data
3. Integrate Wearables Into Your Process
Read the full story HERE
All these developments show that wearables are very quickly entering the workspace but, the Computerworld article mentions:
On the business front, most companies haven't yet tapped into this mega-source of new information. Depending upon what your organization offers as a product or service, this physical-world data could be a powerful new resource, leading to improvements in personalized marketing, public safety, logistics, recreation, transportation and the workplace itself. Fitness trackers and other wearables, increasingly sensor-laden smartphones and the power of big data analytics are sure to change the landscape forever.
Ken Hess points in his recent ZDNet article:
Some business applications that wearables vendors should consider:
- Virtual ID Badges
- Wireless access point authentication for a user's devices
- Single sign-on for corporate devices and sites
- Instant voice communications between similar devices (Think Star Trek Communicator)
- Voice command tethering for laptop and desktop computers
INFRAGISTICS - user interface and user experience developer controls company writes:
Areas where we can expect to see a particularly large range of use cases for BYOW include:
- Defense: for tracking personnel, ensuring their safety and protecting assets
- Healthcare: to let medical professionals multitask and find out information hands-free
- Manufacturing: for time management, progress reporting and to measure stress
- Distribution: for tracking progress, real time communications, traffic warnings and providing directions
- Retail: shop floor communication, reporting on low stock and aiding customers
Here are some of applications that we have selected
Salesforce Wear Initiative
Salesforce.com launched Salesforce Wear, the industry's first initiative for wearable computing in the enterprise. The company also launched the new Salesforce Wear Developer Pack, empowering developers to kick-start their ability to connect companies with their customers through apps for wearables in entirely new ways. In addition, ARM, Fitbit, Google Glass, Pebble, Philips, Samsung and others have joined the Salesforce Wear initiative to accelerate adoption of wearables in the enterprise
IBM Employee Wellness and Safety Solution
At IBM Research-Haifa the IBM Employee Wellness and Safety Solution gathers data from all kinds of wearable and environmental sensors, and alerts workers and safety officers when danger is imminent, based on the information gathered. The focus is on the individual worker and how we can reduce the number of accidents and safety incidents.
Wearables platform serves as a real-time warning system. It analyzes a vast amount of information gathered from wearable sensors embedded in personal protective equipment, such as smart safety helmets and protective vests, and in the workers’ individual smartphones. These sensors can continuously monitor a worker’s pulse rate, movement, body temperature, and hydration level, as well as environmental factors such as noise level, and other parameters.
- Connects every employee, making it easy for them to get the information, expertise, and assistance they need to provide excellent customer service
- Leverages current IT infrastructure for fast, easy deployment
- Boosts employee productivity 10-30% and reduces customer wait time
- User-friendly, with an average training time of 10-15 minutes
- Connected to store systems such as inventory that enable employees to help the customer make the sale
The Nymi Band transforms authentication into a passive, persistent and highly secure experience. By using multi-factor authentication and communicating one's authenticated state wirelessly, the Nymi Band eliminates the requirement of having to transactionally authenticate to each individual endpoint. Moreover, the Nymi Band can interoperate with various applications, locations or devices, running on any mobile, laptop, desktop or cloud platform. For employers, this provides an unparalleled level of simplicity and security for organization-wide deployments. For end users, the Nymi Band eliminates the friction traditionally associated with authentication, allowing access to become effortless, and natural.
For the pilot of the payment program, the Nymi Band, which uses HeartID (electrocardiogram heartbeat recognition technology) to authenticate the user, is specially designed with NFC-capabilities. The prototype band is linked to the pilot participant's MasterCard account. The user is then able to purchase items at participating retail stores across Canada by holding the Nymi Band up to the tap and go terminal.
SmartCap measures an operator’s brain activity and calculates their level of alertness. SmartCap is a predictive solution that utilises electroencephalography or EEG combined with patented technologies and specialised fatigue algorithms. SmartCap allows each operator to proactively manage their own fatigue by providing alerts in real time. SmartCap is used all over the world as part of a comprehensive fatigue risk management plan.
Hitachi Business Microscope
The new wearable sensor developed by Hitachi High-Tech can obtain human behavior data and calculate individual activation level. It obtains distinctive patterns of physical movement of each individual, and after calculating the activation level, “organization activation level” is calculated by aggregating and averaging the results of multiple individuals. The display of new wearable sensor indicates the duration of physical movement and trend of individual activation level, and the wearer can confirm the result in real time.
Vidcie InSight is a complete, mobile safety solution which enables your team to dramatically enhance situational awareness as events unfold. Requiring no proprietary hardware, Vidcie InSight employs standard smartphones as multimedia reporting devices and incorporates a web-browser based interface on the viewing end, known as Vidcie Central.
Presenting the new vision in vascular viewing: multispectral imaging for precise IV placement and record storage. The cutting-edge heads-up display of the Eyes-On Glasses allows practitioners to see anything that can be presented electronically, on our medical smart glasses, in a device designed by clinicians for clinicians. The tablet-based Owl, the other multispectral vein finder from Evena, provides easy attachment to a cart or wall at bedside, with an articulating arm that enables accurate positioning over the patient IV site. Both devices match the needs of clinicians with the very latest in patient-care medical technology.
Here is a good video showing how a CIO could wear an indicator of the overall status of his company's IT systems.
And application in sports:
Best of 2015: Wearable tech at work: Three lessons from the NBA
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