What is the deal with wearables in the enterprise today?

With recent announcements and new product launches, wearable technology is making a push at the enterprise level. By 2020, experts believe there could be as many as 830 million wearable devices in use worldwide.

Today’s wearable technology market is growing by more than 15% annually—at this rate, the market’s value will exceed $50 billion in less than five years. As more companies...

By MOBI, 06 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, Wearables.

ABI Research says enterprise wearable revenue will hit $55bn by 2020

Revenue from enterprise wearable devices will hit $55 billion (£42.7bn) by 2022, according to the latest study from ABI Research.

The figure is a significant increase from the predicted $10.5bn by the end of 2017, with a CAGR of 39%, the company added.

This may come as something of a surprise given the current state of the industry. Writing for sister publication IoT News at the start of this year, Laurent Le Pen, CEO and founder of wearable tech startup Omate, admitted 2016 had been

By James Bourne, 06 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Security, Wearables.

Intel pushes further into enterprise wearables with Recon Jet Pro partner and distributor deals

Intel has announced updates to Recon Jet Pro, the company’s smart glasses product, adding that ‘a perception change is coming’ for wearable technology in the enterprise.

The announcements, made at the Enterprise Wearable Technology Summit in San Diego, include an updated partner program, involving ISVs, system integrators and mobile device management providers, targeting industries such as pharmaceutical, chemical, healthcare and security, as well as new distributors, including Mouser...

By James Bourne, 15 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Wearables.

Healthcare wearables in line for $7bn revenue increase through 2021

Despite the fact the sector is getting little love right now, expect wearables to make a resurgence, particularly in healthcare.

That’s the latest verdict from Juniper Research which argues that the growth of smart glasses in particular is set to hit $9 billion by 2021 as the ‘new generation’ emerges.

The paper, titled ‘Smart Wearables: Vendor Strategies, Opportunities & Forecasts 2017-2021’, predicts a $7 billion increase for healthcare revenues in the next four years.

On...

By James Bourne, 13 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Wearables.

Cisco Jasper announces NB-IoT trial completion, connected car partnerships, and more

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MWC Cisco Jasper certainly made an impact at last year’s Mobile World Congress, and this year is no different, with the company making a plethora of announcements around the Internet of Things (IoT), connected cars, and wearables.

First, the bread and butter business cases: Cisco announced this morning that Cisco Jasper had completed live trials of narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) on its Control Center platform, which the company claims makes it one of the first to succeed in this area.

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By James Bourne, 28 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Wearables.

10 enterprise mobility acronyms you need to know for 2017

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Once upon a time, enterprise mobility abbreviations were much simpler to follow. Sounds like a fairy tale given today’s business technology landscape, right? As mobility enters 2017 full-tilt, rapid evolution and change will only add to an ever-growing list of industry terms and acronyms that can leave your head spinning. Here are ten must-know mobility abbreviations you’re sure to see in 2017:

BI: Business...

By MOBI, 10 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Enterprise Mobility, MBaaS, RMAD, Wearables.

UnitedHealthcare and Qualcomm expand corporate wellness program, add BYOD model

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American managed health care company UnitedHealthcare and telecommunications equipment company Qualcomm have announced an improvement and expansion of their wellness program UnitedHealthcare Motion.

The program provides employees with activity trackers at no additional charge and enables them to earn up to $1,500 per year by meeting certain goals for the number of daily steps.

The companies started UnitedHealthcare Motion wellness program in 2016 as a pilot in 12 states. The employers...

By Enterprise CIO, 09 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Wearables.

Kony warns of issues for enterprise development on wearable and connected devices

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The smartphone has become saturated. Wearables and other connected devices are the new playgrounds for enterprise app developers – but a new report from enterprise mobility firm Kony warns of the challenges ahead.

The majority of designers and developers polled – 69% and 65% respectively – in the company’s new report, ‘The Next Frontier in Cross-Platform Mobile Development’, say wearables and connected devices are either already a challenge or one...

By James Bourne, 13 September 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility, Wearables.

DHL launches next wave of ‘vision picking’ AR program

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Logistics provider DHL Supply Chain has launched the next stage of its ‘vision picking’ augmented reality (AR) program following a successful trial, the company has announced.

The company’s program focuses on greater efficiency in warehouse operations, enabling operators to speed up the picking process and reduce errors through displays on smart glasses. When DHL announced the

By James Bourne, 01 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, UX, Wearables.

No longer science fiction: How VR is infiltrating the business landscape

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A year ago, judging the future based only on what we could see, we would probably have concluded that virtual reality (VR) would, for the foreseeable future stay within the realm of gaming and retail, rather than breaking out into the mainstream.

However, with funding for VR having reached around $3-3.5 billion in 2014, interest in virtual reality is now gaining momentum. Innovative companies incorporate it into their processes; from the world’s first operation streamed globally through

By Chris Lawrence, 18 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Marketing, Wearables.

Why healthcare CIOs and directors are concerned over meeting 2020 paperless deadline

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Two in five healthcare professionals admit that patient records are not currently digitised in their organisation, while the move to mobile and wearable technology is gaining momentum, according to a new survey from OpenText.

The report, conducted via iGov Survey, found interesting benefits for those who had already digitised certain records; access to data anytime, anywhere was considered important to almost half (49%) of those polled, while faster access to data and information...

By James Bourne, 01 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Enterprise Mobility, Wearables.

PwC: Most employees hesitant to use wearables at workplace

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New research by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has revealed that most employees are hesitant to use wearables at workplaces as they think that their employer may use the data against them and not for their benefit.

After surveying over 2,000 workers across the UK, PwC found that 65% of the employees surveyed want their employer to take an active role in their health and wellbeing, and 46% say they would accept a free piece of wearable technology if their employers had access to the...

By Enterprise CIO, 24 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Wearables.

MobileIron launches Rooms app, aims to make meetings easier

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Enterprise mobility management (EMM) software provider MobileIron has launched the MobileIron Rooms app, which aims to make booking a conference room a single tap experience on smartphone, tablet, or smartwatch.

The app, which is available for iOS customers as part of MobileIron’s partnership with Apple’s mobility program, enables users to find available conference rooms, with clear photos and straightforward location details, as well as extend reservations for meetings...

By James Bourne, 27 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, Wearables.

Wearable technology in the enterprise is “real”, new paper asserts

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A new report from BrainXChange argues that wearable technology in the enterprise is “real”, with improved productivity, efficiency, greater worker safety and enhanced customer relations the key areas of growth.

The paper, entitled ‘Wearable Technology at Work for Enterprise Business’ and put together in conjunction with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), argues the need for differentiation is based upon how workers perform; whether they are two-hand, or...

By James Bourne, 24 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Wearables.

Exploring virtual and augmented reality in the enterprise

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It seems like every major technology summit these days isn’t complete without the mention of virtual and augmented reality. Consumers and enterprises alike have cause to be excited. While the technologies are still in their infancies, both promise revolutionary new ways by which we will interact and compute.

2016 will be remembered as a landmark year for these types of technology, with multiple hardware releases targeted for the enterprise and the consumer. This is just the beginning. 

By VMware AirWatch, 23 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, Wearables.

IoT, wearables and collaboration key themes at Mobile World Congress

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The Mobile World Congress is one of the biggest and most exciting events of the year. Although this year VR has been one of the main topics surrounding the event, we were very pleased to see how IoT and M2M technologies are having an increased focus and how different industries are using it to provide a better product or service.

Another underlying topic of the overall event that we were really pleased to see was collaboration. Seeing how different companies from different sectors join forces to...

By Dan Cunliffe, 14 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Wearables.

How wearable tech and AR deployments are shaping up in the enterprise

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MWC In an entertaining session at Mobile World Congress, Vishal Shah, VP business development at Atheer Labs, and Paul Gunther, co-founder and CEO of ProGlove, outlined their visions for why the enterprise remains king for wearable tech and augmented reality.

“The potential for smart glasses and wearables is immense, but a lot of that potential is going to be realised, we believe, in the enterprise space,” says Vishal Shah, VP business development at Atheer Labs. “People tried...

By James Bourne, 22 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Wearables.

Cisco: 70% of planet will be mobile users by 2020

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A report from Cisco has forecast that there will be 5.5 billion mobile users by 2020, with smart devices, mobile video, and 4G networks increasing mobile data traffic eight-fold in five years.

The report, the Cisco Visual Networking Index, found smart mobile devices are expected to represent 72% of total mobile devices and connections by 2020, up from 36% last year, while mobile video will have the highest growth rate of any mobile application.

By 2020, Cisco predicts mobile traffic...

By James Bourne, 03 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Wearables.

Enterprise wearable deployments to go “from dozens to thousands” in 2016

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A research note from software provider APX Labs argues that enterprise deployment of wearable devices will jump six fold in the coming year, among other findings.

The company argues that enterprise deployments will grow “from the dozens to the thousands” as wearables mature and attain greater market acceptance. Around one in three organisations will make their first deployments operational, and two thirds will be growing and expanding their use cases in 2016.

Brian...

By James Bourne, 14 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Wearables.

Wearables and the enterprise: Where will 2016 take us?

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It is a discussion which has raged throughout 2015 and will continue to do so in 2016: what part will wearable devices have to play in the enterprise?

Plenty has been written on both sides of the argument. At the most recent Mobile World Congress, Good Technology announced support for wearable devices. EMEA general manager Phil Barnett told this reporter at the time that even though he...

By James Bourne, 21 December 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Wearables.