WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, at Connect 2016, APX Labs, developer of the Skylight platform which powers the connected workforce, announced a partnership with VMware that delivers the first fully integrated enterprise solution for managing deployment and support for smart glasses. APX Labs' Skylight platform, tightly coupled with VMware AirWatch enterprise mobility management platform, allows IT administrators to seamlessly manage smart glasses, ensure compliance with enterprise security policies, and configure user-specific variables – from a single touch point, under their existing device management console.
Until now, augmented reality smart glasses and other wearables have been difficult to manage and secure at enterprise scale. Because these kinds of devices could not be managed centrally, they presented an array of administration complexities, customization difficulties and potential security issues for IT administrators. Now companies can leverage their current mobile device management (MDM) systems to deliver smart glasses alongside a broader portfolio of mobile, laptop and tablet devices, removing what previously had been a significant barrier to adoption in large organizations. Enterprises will now, more than ever, be in a position to unlock the transformative potential smart glasses can have on productivity, quality and operational efficiency, as the early adopters of this technology have demonstrated.
"Previously, companies have had to manage smart glasses nearly one pair at a time. That worked when there were only a handful of smart glasses in use, but is simply not sustainable once an organization is ready to deploy hundreds and thousands of pairs of smart glasses across their hands-on workforce," said Ramon T. Llamas, research manager for the IDC's Wearables team at International Data Corporation. "Enabling IT administrators to more easily manage and secure these devices at scale and in a way that administrators already manage other smart connected devices is incredibly important. This capability and partnership is a natural extension to enterprise mobility, and is a real win for customers."
Offering direct connection into Skylight provides administrators with access to smart glasses device and Skylight software configurations and settings from within the same system that they are using for enterprise mobility management. The benefits to IT administrators include:
- Simplified workflows in initial deployments and post-deployment management of smart glasses.
- Significantly reduced overhead for managing end-to-end configurations on smart glasses.
- Streamlined on-boarding experiences, network setup and application deployment.
- Minimized enterprise security risk of deploying smart glasses through management, provisioning, blacklisting and end-to-end data protection.
"The integration with VMware AirWatch is also significant for our Skylight platform as it helps in 'future-proofing' our clients' investment in smart glasses," said Brian Ballard, CEO of APX Labs. "The AR smart glasses hardware landscape is growing and is quite dynamic. So, as companies gain more experience with these new types of devices and deploy them at scale, it will be handled from the same enterprise mobility management platform, providing a significant advantage in reduction of overall IT overhead, time and total cost of ownership."
APX Labs presented this important new integration, in addition to sponsoring the aviation track, at the Connect 2016 event hosted by AirWatch, taking place in Atlanta, Oct. 2-6, 2016. To learn more about APX Labs and the Skylight platform, visit www.apx-labs.com.
About APX Labs
APX Labs is an enterprise software company that powers the connected workforce. The company's Skylight software platform runs on smart glasses and other wearable devices to upskill hands-on workers across manufacturing, field services and logistics. World-class companies such as Boeing, GE, Rio Tinto, Jabil, Merck, Shell, Johnson & Johnson, and Westinghouse use Skylight to increase productivity, quality, operational efficiency, workforce utilization and uptime. APX Labs is recognized as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum and by Frost and Sullivan as a recipient of its Customer Value Excellence award. For additional information, visit www.apx-labs.com.
VMware and AirWatch are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other jurisdictions. The use of the word "partner" or "partnership" does not imply a legal partnership relationship between VMware and any other company.
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