Drilling engineers: All staff:
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.
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.