IoT platform empowering Augmented Reality

23/07/2024 20mins
Prasobh V Nair


Augmented reality applications promise to be the next mainstream business. They are used by companies in a wide range of industries, from product design to healthcare and employee training. At the same time, IoT platform and related devices are much in demand in today’s tech and business world. These smart devices connected to the internet are capable of collecting,  interpreting and relaying data without human intervention or supervision.

So the next step in business automation would be an incorporation of  Augmented reality applications and IoT devices, with the augmented applications retrieving the required data from the IoT devices. By bringing down the human input in data transfer, these systems would work better and faster. This will lead to increased productivity, accuracy and security.

Future of Augmented Reality Applications in Business
According to a research by ABI, there are several sectors where augmented reality applications can bring out progressive changes:

Bringing data visualization into the specific real-life object will improve the value and relevance of data. Incorporating enterprise application data into AR applications makes them easier to use in various combinations.

Implementing AR applications into a real-life work context can bring in information. Workers can be provided with step-by-step instructions through real-time video guidance from an expert.

Continuous visual assistance using  AR applications paired with smart glasses or headsets will help reduce human error.

Companies can train and expand their workforce faster with the help of Augmented Reality applications developed for employee training.

Constantly displayed visual assistance will help employees follow safety instructions properly.

How  IoT Platforms can empower AR applications
With advancements in Augmented Reality,  AR applications would require a faster data flow. Manual inputs can no longer meet the speed requirements. The solution requires a  link between the data collectors – IoT devices – and AR applications.IoT data transfer platform will help workers act faster and more efficiently with new data delivered to them in real time.

Challenges Ahead

There should be an industry standard for pairing Augmented Reality applications with IoT devices. The research has pointed out some key features to identify.

The source of the content, its ease of use and the type of material are to be augmented.

The availability of AR developers, application management and content delivery systems.

The costs of the hardware and software involved, the demand/supply ratio and the availability and accessibility of resources.

AR applications, without doubt, find applications in all spheres of life. With the addition of IoT, these data are accelerated and IoT platforms become a powerful AR application enabler, according to the findings of the ABI research. Some of the benefits of this combination would be as follows:

Highly Advanced Analytics

With IoT data incorporated into augmented reality applications, business operations can gain in-depth insights into their own operations. In this way, they will be able to predict and adapt their business plans and their work procedures according to real-time data.

Enhanced Scalability
The data obtained from IoT devices will help developers scale augmented reality applications and later customize them to suit their requirements.

System Integration
IoT platforms can bring in a wide range of integration of various AR applications and other business software with improved speed and efficiency. This will improve the processing and analysis operations while boosting productivity.

The  most important part of the connection between IoT platforms and augmented reality applications is enhanced security, which is otherwise at risk with human intervention through data leaks.


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