Wearable technology is no longer a fad, it's a reality. Consumer sales of wearables are rocketing and it's time for businesses to wake up to the scale of this opportunity.
From helping employees to operate more effectively to driving better customer outcomes, wearables provide practical solutions to many industry challenges.
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Wearable technologies offer the opportunity for businesses to engage with customers in new ways and improve business operations.
At PA's recent innovation event in London over 50 senior executives took part in a short survey poll, which sought to gauge attitudes towards the adoption of wearable technology. The poll, which asked questions around the theme of 'How far is too far?', had some surprising results. Scroll through to explore.
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Store check and shelf compliance Using head mounted displays to see how shelves should be displayed. If the shelves aren't compliant, notifications can be pushed to shop operators on their smartwatch.
Product information and price comparison Helping customers to scan product barcodes, view product specifications, see reviews from users and check out live prices from other retailers.
Shopping assistant Helping customers to navigate through the store or see further promotional material for particular products.
Click and collect Helping retail operators to gather orders while the customer is on their way to the check-out.
Troubleshooting Remotely connecting employees in the field with experts at centres of excellence.
Repair instructions Displaying step by step guides, task lists for completion and necessary precautions to take on jobs.
Appointment scheduling Displaying work orders to employees in the field via wearable devices.
Asset management Improving record keeping via direct access to GIS/asset management systems.
Reliability Real time video updates between field switching crews and the control room to eliminate switching errors.
Acting as a digital coach Influencing and motivating people to manage their own health.
Remote diagnosis and monitoring Helping those with chronic conditions optimise their lifestyle and avoid unnecessary visits to the hospital.
Improving access and experience Helping patients navigate through the health system and streamline access to the right healthcare specialist.
Improving hospital processes Helping clinical staff find specific equipment and locate the right documents for the right patients.
Early detection and prevention Helping patients detect or diagnose conditions early to create a larger pool of patients for clinical trials.
Upscaling clinical research Using data from wearable sensors to help researchers gain a higher level of understanding about diseases and preventive treatment.
Drug effectiveness Data from sensors (eg circadian rhythm/sleep patterns, or movement/gait tracking) can be used as a companion to a drug to help demonstrate its effectiveness.
Patient adherence Helping people comply with drug delivery regimes and adhere to correct physiotherapy techniques.
Smart pill technology Sensors act as a communication hub between the ingested product and a mobile phone.
Explore some of the innovative work our team has delivered:
Our technology team developed a low-cost, body-worn sensor to remotely monitor a patient's critical health indicators as well as check whether they have taken their medication.
This information is then sent securely via the internet to a physician or caregiver, enabling better levels of monitoring, improved quality of care and, importantly, reduced costs.
They cost less than a daily newspaper to produce, with speeds that match the fastest mobile phone production lines.
PA has supported the development of an FDA approved foetal heart rate monitor. The technology connects vital signs information from patient to caregiver and clinician to enable a better quality of care to expectant mothers at risk, and at lower cost. New models of care are made possible by this technology, and are actively being exploited in US healthcare provision today.
We helped our client with business case development, fundraising, technology development, and product design. PA continues to support the organisation in the development of a next generation monitor for use in labour and delivery.
PA has worked on the development of a microchip that monitors a person's vital signs and which can be embedded into wearable devices. PA reviewed and advised the client on the system architecture, developed and tested the sensing system, and developed the algorithm that translates the sensor outputs into a meaningful information.
Significant changes underway in the healthcare market and technology environment could change the business landscape for our client, potentially creating new business opportunities.
PA conducted a programme of work to identify technology-based opportunities for our client over a 7-10 year time frame and define the key strategic technology areas that should be considered for investment. Our study pointed at the latest development in wearable technologies - including wearable sensors, batteries, energy harvesting solutions, low power electronics and wireless communication systems – and the benefits they could potentially enable.
Unlike other consultancies, our heritage in innovation, product development and business design means we can quickly mobilise teams to help integrate wearable technology into your current business operations.
We help our clients understand the value wearable technology can bring and advise on how best to design their businesses to exploit it to maximum effect.
We help our clients navigate the market in order to make the right technology choices and negotiate the best commercial deals.
We help our clients integrate wearables rapidly and effectively into customer and employee facing solutions to enhance service quality and improve profitability.
We help our clients capture and manage data cost effectively, and to navigate through it so the right information is delivered in the right place at the right time to improve decision making and customer insight.
We design ground breaking wearable technology products and solutions for our clients from the design of new silicon, and the delivery of highly innovative software, to the development of new sensors and materials.