IBM And Samsung Collaborate To Power Into The Industrial Wearables Safety Market
On October 30th, IBM and Samsung announced a partnership focused on joint innovations for industrial wearables. The vision is to combine IBM Cloud data management and analytical processing power with Samsung’s portfolio of mobile devices to meet health and safety usage scenarios. Both firms point to the rollout of 5G communication networks -- which provide the bandwidth to support 1 million devices per square mile – as an enabler of industrial wearables uptake. Samsung’s tablets, mobile phones and watches can be made intrinsically safe to function in work zones with a risk of explosion. The devices can also be ruggedized to withstand harsh conditions such as sub-zero temperatures.
What does IBM bring to the party? Cloud computing, artificial intelligence, data security, a huge corporate customer base and existing software assets such as Maximo which touch on safety management. IBM and Samsung claim numerous police forces as early adopters of the IBM/Samsung industrial wearable and mobile offerings. The involvement in the announcement of DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics and Martin Schroeter, senior vice president of global markets at IBM indicates significant emphasis on the market opportunity.
The timing of the collaboration between Samsung and IBM makes sense. Verdantix forecasts that the global market for connected worker devices will be $438 million in 2020 and will grow to $4.3 billion in 2039. Emerging markets benefit significantly from the involvement of industry giants who validate the technology stack and customer demand. So there is no need for existing innovators in the lone-worker solutions market to quake in their boots. The involvement of IBM and Samsung in the mobile worker safety market is good news for existing providers such as Blackline Safety, Logical Safety, Orbis, SolePower, StaySafe and Vault Intelligence. Firms and public agencies interested in the potential of mobile devices and wearables for safety scenarios will also benefit from IBM’s expertise in project design, implementation and change management. Safety leaders need coaching on how to introduce new technologies and succeed with end user adoption. To highlight these issues Verdantix produced a best practices study on succeeding with industrial wearables projects.
According to a Verdantix survey 102 EHS managers, the industrial wearables priorities for 2020 are safe driving, hazardous environment monitoring and vital signs monitoring. This aligns with two of the IBM and Samsung usage scenarios. To learn more about this market register to attend the forthcoming Verdantix webinar: “Industrial Wearables: Budgets, Priorities & Tech Preferences”.
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