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The new CIO fitout: Wearable tech

Divina Paredes | March 6, 2014
How to prepare your organisation for Google Glass and the next ‘bring your own' range


While waiting for the bus, people can play tennis. Their heads are swaying from one side to the other, eyes focused on one side of their spectacles.

A truck driver gets the direction to his next assignment, without the need to stop on the road to get details from his mobile phone, or his laptop. The details are streamed to him while driving on the state highway.

In another office at the central business district, an executive typing a report on her PC, is multitasking, checking how her stock portfolio is performing. She carries on with her work, as the stock market details are delivered to her.

These are just some of the scenarios one can expect as Google Glass takes off in upcoming months.

For Sulabh Sharma, managing director of Sush Mobile, these are not hypothetical situations. They are happening, right now across the globe, and in Sush Mobile's central Auckland office, he and his team are working on a range of apps for Google Glass for their enterprise clients.

"It is something that might not take over phones but it will still be a screen, a second screen that will take away a lot of interactions from your phones," he tells CIO New Zealand. "These are good for clients and corporations where you have to consume small amounts of information which is frequent," he adds. "But you will still be going back to your tablets and phones for more intense information."

"It is not just Google Glass," he notes. "Wearable devices are going to be one of the key components in the whole digital strategy for businesses."

Explosive growth of a new category
Cisco, for instance, has predicted a massive growth in the number of connected wearables — as well as data they will generate — in its Visual Networking Index (VNI) Mobile Data Forecast.

The latest report, which looked at trends in mobile traffic and devices between 2013 and 2018, notes globally that 'connected wearables' will grow eight-fold. By 2018, 13 per cent of these devices will have embedded cellular connectivity. Data from these devices, meanwhile, will grow 36-fold, or a compound annual growth rate of 105 per cent over the same period.

Dr Robert Pepper, VP, global technology policy at Cisco, says wearables delivered the 'aha' factor in the age of connected devices

While the annual report showed continued dramatic growth in mobile data, the "biggest explosive" growth of mM2M (machine to machine) and wearables stood out.

"The wearables are a new category, it didn't show up in 2013," he says.

It is a substantiation of the Internet of Things, he says. "We are just at the beginning" of a trend.


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