IFS Labs pursues the latest in wearable technology
July 15, 2014 00:00 By Asina Pornwasin
An initiative from the team at UK-based IFS Labs concerns the latest in wearable technology, a visual display that sends alerts and delivers information from applications to the user.
The focus of the company – which is part of IFS Research & Development – is not on restricting products to specific types of industry, but instead on exploring the possibilities for wearable tech from the functionality angle.
Meanwhile, the enterprise resource planning, enterprise asset management and enterprise service management solutions that IFS offers underpin and support many complex tasks and processes for the company’s customers.
Wearable technology at IFS Labs is at this stage of the initiative simply a “proof-of-concept” that demonstrates the company’s commitment to mobility, as well as the agility of IFS Apps to adapt with new technology. It is not available on any public app store.
“At this stage, this is only a proof-of-concept and not in production. At this stage, we have no plans to commercially launch the proof-of-concept, but we will of course listen to our customers as their needs develop and ensure our offering stays agile,” said David Andersson, director of IFS Labs.
“Although we are conscious that the market is in the very early stages of development, we will be sharing the proof-of-concept with various stakeholders over the coming months to demonstrate how we are innovating in the business software space,” he said.
He added that over the next few years, wearable tech would reinvent the working day across many industries – from project managers and office workers to deep-sea oil rig engineers.
Smart watches, augmented reality (AR) glasses and even smart contact lenses will save time and increase productivity, results that will be reflected in the bottom line of enterprises that choose to embrace this new technology.
“I can imagine manufacturing and construction workers consulting information in the field on a smart watch, or even a mechanic seeing vehicle diagnostics through AR glasses. And wearable tech isn’t just for manual workers – smart phones are getting bigger and bigger, to the point where it’s not really appropriate to be taking them out to check e-mails and appointments in a meeting. Instead, imagine being able to discreetly look to your wrist for all the information you need,” said Andersson.
IFS Research & Development recently shared insight into a proof-of-concept initiative that was undertaken by its IFS Labs innovation team.
Considering the nascent stage and great interest in wearable technology, together with its commitment to mobility, the IFS Labs team wanted to explore if it would be possible to deliver important notifications and information from business applications to a wearable device.
“Our customers tell us that they want the latest information at their fingertips (or in this case, wrist), so being able to send predefined notifications and updates in line with the user’s role and requirements was our focus. This can improve processes like work-flow approval, invoicing and so on,” said Andersson.
IFS Labs has already developed Touch Apps such as Notify Me and Trip Tracker for IFS applications, and these can be used on mobiles and touchpads so that people can work on the go.