7 Important Selection Criteria for an Augmented Reality Platform

Ubimax, July 29, 2019

The global IT landscape is changing, augmented reality solutions and wearables are increasingly being used in companies. They promise efficiency increases, improve ergonomics and motivation and reveal further advantages for the industry.

Companies that use smart glasses or other wearables need local apps that provide the worker with targeted information so that he can carry out his work correctly and efficiently. For example, the devices help with order picking in logistics, inspection and maintenance of machines, or through expert video calls or remote support. You also want to jump on the AR train, but don't know exactly which points you have to pay special attention to when choosing an AR platform? We have compiled the seven most important criteria:

1. Avoid Isolated Solutions

No company wants to implement its own solution for each individual task - so when choosing their AR platform, they should make sure that it supports as many applications as possible along their value chain.

2. Simple Integration

It is also important that the platform can be easily integrated into existing IT systems. This includes, for example, the warehouse management system, the resource planning system or the production management system.

3. Broad Hardware Spectrum

In some working environments, tablets or smart watches may be better than smart glasses. AR platforms should therefore support a wide range of hardware so that companies can use the device that best suits their work environment.

4. System Independence

In order to be flexible and future-proof at the same time, the AR platform should work independently of the operating system and support both Android- and Windows-based devices.

5. Simple and Uniform Administration

Even if a company uses different hardware models such as multi-vendor smart glasses, scanners, etc., and workers have different tasks and individual workflows, the platform should be easy to use and integrate and manage all devices, tasks and workflows under a single interface.

6. Flexibility in Case of Changes

It is important for companies to be able to quickly and flexibly integrate new workflows and modify existing ones. It is important that these changes can be implemented quickly, easily and cost-effectively - without waiting times and without additional costs.

7. Take the Experience of Others into Account

Although it is new territory for many companies to choose an AR platform, others have taken this step before. Companies should pay attention to their experiences and choose a platform that has already been used extensively by other companies under real conditions. The more installations there are, the more mature and reliable the solution is, and the more likely companies are to have confidence that it will run reliably and stably.

Read here which Ubimax solutions have already been tested many times and which improvements companies have been able to achieve. If you have any questions, please contact our support team via our contact form. We will be happy to support and advise you in choosing the right AR platform and show you potential development opportunities.