Report: Two in three industrial firms are accelerating AR deployment to improve productivity

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Two thirds of industrial companies polled by PTC say they are accelerating deployment of augmented reality (AR) to improve worker productivity.

In a newly released ‘State of Industrial Innovation’ report series, PTC has analysed the industrial AR and IIoT markets. Among the findings included in the latest AR report are those focused on delivering enhanced methods of training for frontline workers, enabling the workforce optimisation necessary to address the growing skilled labour shortage the industrial sector faces. According to the “ State of the Industrial Internet of Things ” report, IIoT is poised to have a breakout year in 2019 as companies look to enhance operational effectiveness.

The report found that industrial enterprises are the highest adopters of AR, comprising nearly 60% of the survey responses. Fifty-five percent of use cases aimed at improving worker productivity focus on delivering instructions and guidance primarily within manufacturing, service, and training environments. 

IoT is becoming commonplace in heavy-industrial environments, with applications expanding across discrete manufacturing in industrial factories representing over 70% of the survey responses. Data processing at the device or “edge-layer” (present in 68% of use cases) is a critical capability for solution providers and there are increasing requirements for the same capabilities at the IoT gateway (37%) and cloud (34%) layers.

At the Hannover Messe, as this publication reported last month, PTC and Nokia have come up with their latest AR offerings. PTC unveiled its new Vuforia Expert Capture AR solution that aims to enhance the entire manufacturing process. Nokia displayed the second generation of its ‘Factory in a Box’ product, a proof of concept container which shows how Industry 4.0 solutions can be packed, transported and brought back into service in a couple of hours, including full OTA connectivity. in hearing industry leaders discuss subjects like this and sharing their use-cases? Attend the co-located IoT Tech Expo, Blockchain Expo, AI & Big Data Expo and Cyber Security & Cloud Expo World Series with upcoming events in Silicon Valley, London and Amsterdam and explore the future of enterprise technology.

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