Upskill unveils support for Microsoft HoloLens, improves enterprise AR experience

Upskill, a provider of enterprise-centric augmented reality (AR) software, has announced the launch of Microsoft HoloLens for Skylight, its primary product.

Skylight is a software platform which enables frontline industrial workers to interact hands-free. As this publication previously noted when the company

By James Bourne, 11 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, UX, Wearables.

An analysis of Apple’s enterprise mobility advances

Have you heard the news? Last week, Apple hosted a special announcement event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California.

If you missed it, don’t worry. We’ve got all the enterprise-essential takeaways you need to know. Just keep reading.

The next generation of iPhone

In the most anticipated announcement of the day, Apple revealed its three latest iPhone endpoints: the XR, XS, and XS Max. While the XS and XS Max essentially represent the same mobile asset in two different sizes, the XR is...

By MOBI, 26 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, iOS, UX, Wearables.

New collaboration aims to explore VR and AR for engineering and automotive design

StarVR and Autodesk are coming together for an initiative to provide virtual and augmented reality for automotive design and engineering.

The product, VRED Professional, is optimised for the StarVR One head mounted display, which is also being unveiled this week. The headset offers a professional-grade colour spectrum, custom full RGB AMOLED displays and integrated eye tracking, among other features.

By James Bourne, 15 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, UX, Wearables.

Enterprise AR and VR will be the operators’ playground – once 5G wrangling is sorted out

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) over wireless networks is gaining momentum in the industrial sector. According to the latest study from ABI Research, 10% of industrial smart glasses, alongside standalone VR devices, will be connected to 5G by 2026.

The analyst firm argues that many telecom operators, such as Verizon, SK Telekom and Orange, as well as connectivity players such as Qualcomm, Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia, see VR as a key benefit of 5G technologies – when they get here. ABI...

By James Bourne, 09 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, UX, Wearables.

Toshiba launches Windows 10 Pro-enabled enterprise AR glasses

Toshiba has announced the launch of what is claimed to be the first smart glasses product which combines industrial-grade hardware with Windows 10 Pro software.

The new dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses, which come in at less than two ounces in weight, can be seen as another step forward in the enterprise wearable and augmented reality (AR) arena. The product offers document viewing, live video calls and barcode scanning, alongside alerts and messaging, and photo and video capture.

The company adds that the usage of...

By James Bourne, 15 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT, UX, Wearables.

Upskill raises $17 million in further boost towards enterprise augmented reality

Meet Upskill. The Washington D.C. based provider of enterprise augmented reality (AR) software has raised $17.2 million in funding to further its growth and product development.

The company’s primary product, Skylight, aims to enable frontline workers to interact hands-free on top of Vuzix hardware. In October, the company released the latest iteration of its platform, involving a greater user interface, and allowing rapid creation of new applications.

Among the companies who are using Skylight AR...

By James Bourne, 07 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, UX, Wearables.

RealWear secures $17 million in series A funding for AR-enabled industrial wearables

RealWear has secured a total of $17 million (£12.1m) in series A funding round to speed up the production of its flagship product – the HMT-1 – the AR-enabled fully voice-controlled ultra-rugged wearable device for oil and gas, telecommunications, as well as utilities and manufacturing sectors.

Noting the increasing demand for a hands-free communications and connected wearable solutions globally, the fund will be utilised to cater to this demand.

The Series A funding round was led by...

By Enterprise CIO, 19 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Wearables.

Energy and utilities sector to comprise 17% of AR glasses shipments globally in 2018

According to estimates put forward by ABI Research, the energy and utilities sector will comprise 17% of augmented reality (AR) glasses shipments throughout the world in 2018 as the industry emphasises on the importance of workers’ safety provided by these smart glasses.

According to the company’s “Augmented Reality in Energy and Utilities” report, total AR market revenues for the energy and utilities sector are anticipated to reach $18 billion by 2022 - with platform and...

By Enterprise CIO, 01 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, UX, Wearables.

An example of the enterprise machine in action: Xloong AR glasses

If you asked us to describe the benefits of the enterprise machine, one of the biggest would certainly be that it allows you to greatly broaden the potential of products you’re already making. 

We can talk about that all we want, but few things are as good for showing the benefits of an idea than a good old-fashioned example. 

That’s exactly what we thought of when we read about Chinese technology company Xloong, and what they’re doing to change the way...

By App47, 29 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, UX, Wearables.

GE’s aviation arm successfully pilots Vuzix AR glasses and video streaming

The aviation arm of General Electric (GE) is focusing on augmented reality (AR) to help its engineers and technicians work more productivity ‘hands-free and heads-up’, according to AR hardware manufacturer Vuzix.

The Rochester-based technology supplier announced that GE’s aviation operations unit has successfully piloted streaming product Vuzix Basics Video. Working in tandem with the Vuzix M300 smart glasses, the combined product aims to connect field technicians with remote experts for...

By James Bourne, 26 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Employee Education, Productivity, Wearables.

Red Hat study shows how field services are improving through IoT, AI, AR and more

A new study from Red Hat argues that field services operations are ‘bullish’ on technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI).

The survey, carried out by Vanson Bourne which quizzed 300 organisations with significant field workforce operations, found that field workforce technology was seen as important to 94% of organisations polled. More than half (53%) of respondents said they have implemented IoT to support field service, with 24% adding AI, 20% virtual...

By James Bourne, 18 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, Research, UX, Wearables.

The opportunities for wearables to enhance enterprise workflows

Constantly transforming digital business processes offer new opportunities to adopt upcoming technologies. Wearables have the potential to transform business processes and next-generation mobile strategies; however, businesses are still struggling to understand how they can fully help.

According to Gartner, by 2020 more than 60% of organisations will be using wearables to transform their business processes. This is clearly reflected in the small but growing number of early-adopting organisations that have...

By Shalini Ramakrishnan, 02 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, MDM, Wearables.

Jamf working with Simplifeye for wearable healthcare data security

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Simplifeye, a company based in New York, has announced it is working with Apple device management provider Jamf to help mitigate the security of patient information on wearable devices.

The startup provides what it calls a ‘next generation cloud system’ which syncs with existing patient management software. Healthcare teams can see medical records on any device – in this instance, an Apple Watch, iPhone, and iPad.

Jamf, a

By James Bourne, 24 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, MDM, Wearables.

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.