Will Wearable Tech Transform Logistics?
With the aid of hands-free devices, warehouse and factory workers needn’t stop to check updates—they could see them as they occur in real-time. Digital eyewear and smart watches are just a few ways warehouse workers could work smarter and faster.
Taking it beyond the smartphone and tablet, wearables have begun to make an impact in the market. It’s estimated that by 2020, 50 billion devices will be connected to the internet, in part, thanks to wearables such as fitness trackers and smartwatches.
While consumer demand will continue to increase, real growth will occur from businesses implementing wearables as a part of their daily operations.
In a business environment, it’s plausible that smart eyewear could be used to improve workflow. For those in the logistics industry, wearables can improve worker efficiency, enhance connectivity and create seamless communications.
Warehouse workers picking and packing and dealing with packages don’t always have time to stop and check their mobile devices, but smart watches or glasses could get crucial information to them in real-time.
As IoT is creating a connected home, IoT combined with wearables can create a connected warehouse.
One concern for the warehouse is always durability and battery life—something most consumer devices are lacking. If wareables are to truly make an impact on the warehouse, it’s essential that they are enterprise-grade.