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VMWare Reveals Unified Smart Glasses Management

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

VMWare AirWatch is getting some new abilities. The update will add a unified management platform for augmented reality smart glasses to the company's mobile device management solution. VMWare collaborated with APX Labs, Atheer, Intel, ODG and Vuzix to integrate the app, wearable and mobile device segments.

According to Tech Pro Research, 67 percent of companies are considering augmented reality as part of their future, and Forrester Research projects that 14.4 million users will employ smart glasses in their jobs by 2025. But that doesn't mean IT departments are prepared to onboard, configure, secure, deploy, manage or update these devices. That's where VMWare hopes to help. The company says AirWatch will support smart glasses running Android later in this quarter.

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“Smart glasses like Intel’s Recon Jet Pro have the potential to streamline work and unlock substantial cost savings across a wide range of industries,” said Christopher Croteau, senior director of Strategic Business Development, Head-Worn Devices, Intel. “But to unleash that potential, smart glasses need trusted and reliable management solutions. VMware AirWatch EMM will be instrumental in allowing enterprises to deploy and integrate smart glasses into their fleets of mobile devices.”

Use cases for smart glasses in business range from doctors using them during surgery or students learning in immersive environments to engineers on a manufacturing floor. Those use cases ultimately result in applications installed on a device, and thus these must be treated as an endpoint that could be exploited to gain access to your infrastructure. AirWatch enables a staging flow that will speed up deployment and device management.