The prediction that global wearable device shipments will increase from nearly 202 million in 2016 to more than 501 million by 2021 has many looking forward to what the future holds. This interesting news came to us from Health Data Management in their article, “Wearable device market to more than double over 5 years.”

“Wearables in the workforce are becoming more prominent, as they give workers immediate, direct access to important information, such as profiling health care records on a smart glass display,” said Stephanie Lawrence, research analyst at ABI. “This hands-free approach saves time, allowing staff to become more efficient and, ultimately, saving companies money.”

Healthcare, education, government, manufacturing, retail, transportation and warehousing are all incorporating wearable devices into the workforce. Wearables can help minimize unplanned downtime in the workforce and this is driving enterprise wearable technology at the intersection of IT and operational technology.

Melody K. Smith

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