Enterprise wearables must be designed for use by different personnel. This includes factors like fit, portability, and battery life, as well as the need for an authentication mechanism to provision access to internal system information.
Warehouse workers, for instance, traditionally relied on a combination of handheld scanners and paper picklists to execute the fulfillment process, estimated to account for as much as 55% of total warehouse operating expense. The goal with wearables is to replace these legacy solutions with digital eyewear—whether assessing equipment, measuring status, or performing troubleshooting—in a virtualized and sensor network-enabled AR environment.
Device-agnostic, cross-platform collaboration solutions from companies like APX Labs, Parsable (formerly Wearable Intelligence before an early-2016 name change), and Pristine will have some staying power. But as determinants of success surrounding new and emerging connected device categories, such as wearables, continue to shift—focusing less on the device ecosystem (Android, iOS) and more on the ecosystem of devices (IoT, IoE)—it will also be critical that companies cultivate a capacity to connect the digital and physical worlds, as well as the content and content creation tools to support the transition.
"Scalable, remote collaboration drives better service at lower cost," concludes Martin. "Wearables make IoT data not only actionable but also efficient when used in multi-device IoT ecosystems."
These findings are from ABI Research's Wearable Tech in Industrial and Field Services Markets (https://www.abiresearch.com/market-research/product/1025577-wearable-tech-in-industrial-and-field-serv/). This report is part of the company's IoT, IoE & M2M (https://www.abiresearch.com/market-research/practice/ioe-enterprise-m2m/) and Transformative Technology (https://www.abiresearch.com/market-research/practice/transformative-technology/) sectors, which include research, data, and analyst insights.
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