BYOW (Bring your Own Wearable) Are you scare ?

Not long ago BYOD (Bring You Own Device) promised many benefits such as greater innovation, better work-life balance and improved productivity. There was much negative reaction at first but gradually companies have been yielding and adapting to and IT has responded to the challenges to manage and secure devices and data.

In my previous post “Wearable Technology – What we can wait in 2014”, I noted the prediction of Himanshu Sareen, CEO of Icreon Tech.”The enterprise will embrace wearables for their employees specifically in industrial, high-tech and health-care settings.”

Wearable industry will build reliable wearable devices to facilitate BYOW enterprise adoption. Wearable’s technologies will change organizations’ approaches to securing corporate information assets and will improve some business processes.

During the next years many panels of mobile and wearable technology experts will be discussing the risks and rewards of enabling BYOW and will provide recommendations about:

  • How to      properly inventory your employees’ personal wearables;
  • Technology      solutions to protect your corporate systems and data from wearables      threats
  • Strategies      and tactics for enforcing wearable policies and maintaining compliance in      regulated industries;
  • How to      use BYOW as an opportunity to enable further proliferation of data and      access security

Wearable Technology Market in Industry Verticals 2013-2018: Latest Global Analysis, Size, Shares, Growth, Trends and Forecast Research Report   presents the potential for massive transformation in many industries.  The more obvious ones include consumer electronics and communications.

Early adopter industries include clothing, healthcare, sports and fitness.  However, they see many industries adopting wearable technologies as computing and wireless communications integrate wearable into virtually every aspect of products and services.

In today post I will focus on 2 industry BYOW scenarios.

Scenario 1: BYOW in an integrated Healthcare and Connected Home

Smart technology will transform healthcare over the next ten years, according to global healthcare company Bupa article published in The Telegraph.

A few weeks ago January 08, 2014, I read this post in Linkedin describing 5 Ways Wearable Technology Will Impact Healthcare.

According with Bisoservo, in the next two years a new innovation called ‘HandinMind’ will improve the quality of everyday life for many, including patients who have suffered a stroke. Thanks to a flexible glove it will be possible to carry out tasks which would otherwise be impossible for the patient to manage.

If you remember from my post “M2M Industry series: “Healthcare – “The connected patient”, the Health expenditure, total (% of GDP) in developed economies is around 10% and in US near 20%. Like people are living longer healthcare private organizations and public healthcare are looking to technology to drive efficiencies and cut costs.

Can you imagine the potential that these 10 Wearable Health Tech Devices To Watch have to help both patients and clinicians monitor vital signs and symptoms and how much money can be saved using Smart Home technology and devices ?.

So, it is not obvious that wearable devices will play a key role in the integrated Healthcare and Connected home?.

Microsoft Xbox Kinect vs Google-NestLabs vs Apple vs ..

If Google would like to flood our homes with Google (Nest Labs) thermostats, Smoke sensors and many other smart home gadgetry. It is just a matter of time that they re-launch its Google Health initiative and include and Google Glass and other wearables. A few weeks ago, Google announced its development of eye contact lenses that could analyze glucose levels via a person’s tears, And if you think Google is going to stop at glucose monitors, check out the Solve for (X) video with one of the heads of Google Glass discussing putting the hardware in your contact lens…

In the other hand, Microsoft Connected Health and Human Services Framework  integrated with the popular the Xbox Kinect  and other wearable devices that I hope they  or their partners will launch soon (now that they have a new CEO) will modernize patient-doctor and hospital-house-governments communications improving coordination of  care models, delivering cost savings, meeting regulatory requirements, and improving care.

Apple´s Chief Executive Tim Cook, defending the company’s prowess as a tech trend-setter, hinted that wearable devices may play a role in future product plans. Apple is moving to expand its personnel working on wearable computers and medical-sensor-laden devices by hiring more scientists and specialists in the medical sensor field. Apple began work in earnest on a watch-like device late last decade, and it has worked with increasing efficiency and more dedicated resources on the project over the past couple of years. Considering the legion of Apple followers and the power of the brand is a fact that they will be an important player in the integrated Healthcare and Connected Home scenario.

Whether these devices will actually improve personal fitness, lead to a healthier society, make for better-performing professional athletes, dramatically increase worker productivity, or even systematically violate our privacy are all questions I’ve explored.

Google, Microsoft and Apple love compete head-to-head against one another and the battle for the is a magnificent stage to demonstrate their strengths Healthcare and Connected Home is a huge market that promise will be amazing.

Note: I do not have information about companies like Samsung, FreeScale,  QUALCOMM, Intel, at this time.

Who will dominate the bourgeoning BYOW revolution?. The answer is not obvious for me.

Scenario 2: BYOW in Industrial M2M

Rather than use my imagination to suggest use cases in different industries by using wearable gloves, glasses, bands, shirts, watches,….I collected info about how different industries are exploring wearable devices and technology to enhance customer experience, reduce human risks or improve business productivity. There are individual experiences, but imagine a mix of some of all of them ?.

–          Hyundai is exploring wearable devices in Connected Car technology.

–          How Google Glass Will Revolutionize 9 Industries ; Google Glass Developers: Top 5 Business Use Case StudiesGoogle Glass and explore what the introduction of the technology means for developers. We’re going to ponder some of the business use cases and explore the types of apps that can be developed for Google GlassGoogle glass top 5 business-use-case-studies/ ; Virgin Atlantic Introduces Google Glass Trial;

–          Deloitte University Press:

  • Wearable Computers in Inspection – in which wearable computing supports an inspection process at our industrial partner’s, Stahlwerke Bremen GmbH, a steel plant operating in the German city of Bremen.
  • Empowering Aircraft Maintenance with Wearable Computing: in-flight cabin crew procedures and on-ground maintenance procedures.
  • In Australia, firefighters are being outfitted with a data-transmitting pill that can detect early signs of heat stress.
  • Health care insurance companies may offer policy discounts for members who quantify their healthy lifestyles by wearing fitness-tracking devices, similar to auto insurance companies’ in-car efforts to track safe driving habits.
  • On the manufacturing floor, workers may be able to view metrics for nearby equipment on a smart watch. AR overlays in a warehouse can guide a worker who needs to find, move, pick, pack, and ship a particular product.
  • Field installation, service, and maintenance professionals are being outfitted with smart glasses to access documentation, procedural tips, and skilled advice—from the top of a cell tower or beneath a boiler.

–          A ‘wearable computer’ could drastically improve the entire construction process.

–          Wearable computers  in aerospace & defense

Summary

Wearables was a huge thing at the Consumer Electronics Show this year in Las Vegas and I agree with Daniel Burrus´s post “From BYOD to WYOD: How Wearables Will Transform Business” recommending to start looking at WYOD as an opportunity rather than a crisis.

In the article Wearable Technology a Fad or the Future? , Daniel Gross reflect about the hyped wearables industry, still in a relative infancy, with many divergent forecasts and match with my opinion likely that the most enduring wearable technology business will be built not on discretionary spending, but on necessary spending.

I envision the future with Wearable devices not limited to personal life, our houses or our cars, they will come with us to offices, hospitals, hotels, stadiums, transportation.  Enterprises in many industry sectors will accept BYOW as a model that will reduce cost and increase productivity and improve customer satisfaction.

The number of wearable devices that will be connected to the Internet of Everything will be huge. Get ahead of the curve and harness the BTOW opportunities will bring to our life and your business.

For additional information or resources please contact: francisco.maroto@oies.es

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