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Ap­pli­ca­tions of Wear­ables

En­able real-time video feed­back to/from the con­trol room and an un­der­stand­ing of ex­e­cu­tion against drill plans.

Com­ple­ment safety mea­sures to no­tify em­ploy­ees about emer­gen­cies/haz­ardous work­ing con­di­tions.

roles does the con­tent in­dus­try have to play to sup­port this adop­tion?

Wear­ables in the Work­place

To­day, com­pelling op­por­tu­ni­ties for the de­ploy­ment of wear­able tech­nol­ogy across SMES ex­ist. Wear­able tech­nol­ogy can lower costs, im­prove work­flows, and po­ten­tially reach ev­ery en­ter­prise ver­ti­cal. In fact, ac­cord­ing to the study by Sales­force.com, 76% of sur­veyed re­spon­dents who had im­ple­mented wear­able tech­nol­ogy in their busi­ness re­ported im­proved per­for­mance in the sub­se­quent months. In­ter­est­ingly, the same study in­di­cates that suc­cess with wear­ables mo­ti­vates 86% of adopters to in­crease spend­ing on en­ter­prise wear­ables ini­tia­tives.

The adop­tion of wear­ables spans the en­tire range of the tech­nol­ogy, in­clud­ing fit­ness bands like the Sam­sung Gear Fit, Google Glass smart aug­mented re­al­ity (AR) glasses, Sam­sung Gear VR vir­tual re­al­ity head­sets, wear­able cam­eras, smart watches, voice con­trolled head­sets, and body sen­sors. How­ever, the wear­able tech that is ex­pected to dras­ti­cally change the busi­ness land­scape is the smart watch, fol­lowed by dig­i­tal badges and smart glasses. And ac­cord­ing to the study, it is th­ese three tech­nol­ogy types that are an­tic­i­pated to have the fastest adop­tion rates.

A More Mo­bile Busi­ness

The na­ture of the busi­ness in SMES highly de­pends on mo­bil­ity and con­nec­tiv­ity. The fact that this re­gion has some of the high­est smart­phone adop­tion rates, ac­cord­ing to re­search by the GSMA, cou­pled with the pro­lif­er­a­tion of wear­ables de­signed with busi­ness in mind can spur SMES to in­te­grate wear­ables into their op­er­a­tional strate­gies.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port from Ac­cen­ture Tech­nol­ogy Labs, wear­ables such as smart watches and smart dis­plays can dra­mat­i­cally raise the pro­duc­tiv­ity level of “desk­less” em­ploy­ees by de­liv­er­ing ac­cess to real-time data, fa­cil­i­tat­ing hands­free col­lab­o­ra­tion and data shar­ing, and fur­nish­ing vis­ual feed­back about the work­ing en­vi­ron­ment to fa­cil­i­tate faster and more in­formed de­ci­sion mak­ing. For ex­am­ple, em­ploy­ees who rely on in­for­ma­tion sen­si­tive data could re­ceive

real-time in­for­ma­tion crit­i­cal to clos­ing a deal and re­ceive th­ese no­ti­fi­ca­tions in an un­ob­tru­sive way. Like­wise, sales­peo­ple could re­ceive real-time in­struc­tions on the next sales call lo­ca­tion and ob­jec­tive. As such, weav­ing wear­ables into spe­cific ver­ti­cal in­dus­try work­flows has great po­ten­tial for trans­form­ing busi­nesses.

The In­dus­tries that Ben­e­fit Most

Key in­dus­tries des­tined to ben­e­fit from wide­spread de­ploy­ment of wear­ables in­clude health­care, lo­gis­tics, retail, and hos­pi­tal­ity, among oth­ers. Health­care pro­fes­sion­als will be able to tap into ca­pa­bil­i­ties like voice ac­ti­va­tion to cre­ate, share, and mon­i­tor pa­tient up­dates with agility and speed, as well as im­prove ac­cu­racy of in­for­ma­tion at the point of pa­tient care, aid­ing in di­ag­no­sis and pa­tient man­age­ment.

Through­out the retail and lo­gis­tics sec­tors, wear­ables can change the way con­sumers shop and how com­pa­nies in­form, en­gage, man­age in­ven­tory, and drive sales. In a re­cent omni-chan­nel lo­gis­tics study, wear­ables in­creased ef­fi­ciency of iden­ti­fy­ing and pick­ing or­ders by 25%, en­abling data driven op­er­a­tions for em­ploy­ees who work with their hands.

As more wear­able prod­ucts are de­signed with busi­ness ap­pli­ca­tions in mind, com­pa­nies will work to in­te­grate wear­ables into their mo­bile strate­gies. Over time, wear­ables and cor­re­spond­ing wear­ables apps will evolve too.

Cre­at­ing Plat­forms

The in­te­gra­tion of wear­able tech­nol­ogy and the re­gion’s SME sec­tor is still in its nascent stages; how­ever, it opens doors for in­no­va­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion in the con­tent in­dus­try, in terms of both app de­vel­op­ment and the drive to cre­ate spe­cific in­dus­try so­lu­tions.

Com­pa­nies, like Sam­sung, are not only re­leas­ing af­ford­able wear­able tech­nol­ogy, but they are also work­ing in tan­dem with re­gional SMES to de­velop en­ter­prise wear­able tech­nolo­gies and drive im­proved busi­ness from both ends of the spec­trum. Sam­sung Open Source, for ex­am­ple, rec­og­nizes that soft­ware is a vi­tal as­pect of any busi­ness and as such max­i­mizes the ben­e­fits from Open Source Com­mu­ni­ties to de­velop high qual­ity soft­ware by ac­cess­ing the re­quired tools and codes for de­vel­op­ing wear­able busi­ness pro­cesses, thus en­abling op­por­tu­ni­ties for wear­able app de­vel­op­ment.

Th­ese op­por­tu­ni­ties can be fa­cil­i­tated and en­hanced by the ac­tive col­lab­o­ra­tion of SMES, tech­nol­ogy ven­dors, and app de­vel­op­ers. Arab­net events of­fer a great ex­am­ple of such con­texts where in­ter­ac­tion and knowl­edge ex­change be­tween en­trepreneurs and tech­nol­ogy ven­dors can lead to new and in­no­va­tive wear­able so­lu­tions.

As part­ner ecosys­tems evolve into a hot­bed of in­no­va­tion for pur­pose­built ap­pli­ca­tions and ver­ti­cal in­dus­try so­lu­tions, SMES are po­si­tioned to be the game chang­ers in wear­able tech­nolo­gies adop­tion across the Middle East, trans­form­ing the way in which their em­ploy­ees work and cre­at­ing com­pet­i­tive busi­ness ad­van­tages.

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