Ubimax, December 17, 2019
The year 2019 is drawing to a close and we look back on the many customers we have helped this year to increase their efficiency by using smart glasses. Are you also thinking about how you can implement wearable computing in your enterprise? Then read on to see which five steps you should take.
Your nerves are shining and your resignation is written all over your face – many people despair of the opaque operating instructions or missing screws when setting up a cabinet. However, this problem does not only apply within one’s own four walls, but also in industrial halls in particular. Here, smart glasses can help! The so-called Head Mounted Displays (HMD) show workers in detail which tool has to be used for which machine and how, they visualize each work step and allow for completely free hands. These serious advantages are currently allowing the market for wearable computing to grow enormously. We have summarized the five most important steps for introducing smart glasses in your company:
Phase 1: Planning
First of all, companies that are thinking about using smart glasses or other wearables should identify suitable use cases. Where can they use the glasses, what are the benefits and what support do employees receive? Here, specialized companies provide advice, for example in the form of one to three on-site workshops. The project managers should then draw up a company-specific wearable computing road map outlining the implementation process and the goals to be achieved.
Phase 2: Hardware Selection
The second phase involves selecting the appropriate hardware for the selected scenarios. Generally, HMDs can be divided into four different classes: monocular and binocular, see-through and non-see-through. The selection of the “best” HMD type depends to a large extent on the respective application and the workstation to be supported. Although there are basically “better” and “worse” HMDs for a chosen application scenario, it is important to always evaluate the most suitable HMD in the context of a cost and benefit analysis for the concrete case.
Phase 3: Software Selection
The best smart glasses are useless without the appropriate local software. Even when choosing a supplier for specific software solutions for HMDs and wearable computers, companies must find the right partner for their requirements. Also the decision whether they prefer an on-premise variant, with local servers, or a cloud-based model is usually made in this phase. This is the only way for vendors to prepare an offer and herald the next step – the pilot project.
Phase 4: Pilot Project
In this step, the affected employees and the works council are informed and involved. Companies should communicate openly and transparently, present advantages and ideas and address possible questions and concerns. The next step is to win key users for the pilot project and configure the selected AR workflows for the smart glasses. Integration into the existing IT systems (WMS, ERP, EWS, PMS) should also take place in this phase of the project. Finally, the pilot project will be carried out and evaluated, including the calculation of the ROI and the payback period.
Phase 5: Productive Use
Assuming a positive result of the pilot project, the roll-out and implementation of the solution as well as the training of the other employees will take place in this phase. This is a factor that should not be underestimated in order to guarantee the satisfaction and acceptance of the new solution. From now on, the smooth operation will be ensured by continuous service and support from the provider, who can also “re-adjust” the system if necessary.
Would you like to start your own AR project? Then get in touch with us. We will be happy to advise you on the selection of the right hardware, which Ubimax product could be right for you and which could be the next step.