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The Augmented Reality age

2017 will see the virtual reality and augmented reality market mature, says Fujitsu's Director of Digital Services, Mike Sewart

Posted by Hannah Vickers | January 16, 2017 | Business

VR and AR technologies have been around for a while, however we are quickly starting to see maturity in this software through the integration with hardware, and this will grow into fruition in 2017. We will see more industries than ever before such as manufacturing, logistics and utilities utilise wearable technology to create business solutions that provide business value. No longer will we see the combination of fragmented hardware and additional software, but instead integrated solutions that can transform business process.

For example, we can expect this to have huge traction for worker safety. If there is a lone worker fixing a remote utility station, it may take some time fixing certain issues, especially with outdated technology. In addition, we are living in an ageing population, where only more experienced workers will know how to fix more traditional solutions. However, by using augmented reality and providing all of these lone workers technology enabled headsets that can be plugged into instructions, context and instructions can be digitally provided if they are fixing a problem for the first time. Technology can then connect the Loan Worker with HQ enabling more experienced people to help fix problem leveraging the power of the connected workforce.

We can also see the benefits of this in warehousing, using devices to optimise stock picking. By wearing smart glasses, technology can allow employees to use work with both hands and also can help provide instructions if a particular product should be placed in a certain area.

The reality of connected devices will become clearer in 2017

2017 will be the year when businesses start to understand the business value of the Internet of Things. Enterprises will move from technology prototypes to business solutions. This will allow organisations to focus on where the true value of IoT exists within their businesses. In addition, the realities of full scale operational roll-out of IoT will become clearer for organisations that have sweated their assets for many years.

Cyber security will dominate the news agenda

It is perhaps no surprise that cyber security will be important in 2017. Ensuring new digital technologies such as AR and VR are secure will become of the utmost importance, especially as business solutions continue to engrain themselves into mission critical solutions. Security is still often an afterthought when it comes to new technology, with many consumers caught up in the excitement of the benefits they can bring. We will see more visible and more material data breaches than ever before, requiring organisations to slow down the speed of adoption of new technology to ensure there are securing their organisations data effectively.

Integration of Cloud platforms will be at the forefront of business transformation  

2017 will start to see more Cloud platforms than ever before come together to provide business services for the Enterprise. Public Cloud platforms are maturing, and we are seeing more opportunities for organisations to integrate multiple public and private cloud services into their legacy systems. Soon, businesses who don’t adopt Cloud platforms will risk falling behind competitors and face high costs – organisations can no longer afford to rely on legacy systems. The challenge now comes in integrating the legacy estate into an ecosystem of 3rd party Public Cloud platforms in a seamless way, that all provide “best of breed” business services.

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