Strategic Focus: Corporate EHS Use Cases For Augmented Reality Wearables

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Executive Summary

This report helps corporate managers understand use cases for augmented reality wearables (ARWs) and evaluate them for their own operations. This report also presents the benefits of ARWs across three deployment scenarios based on whether benefits are available and proven enough in the short term to be used for EHS and operational excellence (OpEx) programmes. Verdantix has identified seven EHS and OpEx use cases for ARWs that can generate benefits for a firm ranging from job risk visualization to immersive analytics to reduce long-term EHS or OpEx risk. While there are emerging proof points of the value of these use cases, Verdantix recommends that corporate executives take a pragmatic view of their needs, risk appetite and potential business case in order to determine their wearables investment plans given the relative novelty of these solutions within the market.

Table of contents

Augmented Reality Wearables Are Emerging For Corporate EHS Applications  
ARW Vendors Are Bringing New Technology To Industrial Settings
Defining Industrial Use Cases For ARW Deployment
Orienting A Firm’s Potential Path For Deploying ARWs  
Checking For Alignment Between Use Cases With EHS/OpEx Benefits And A Firm’s Needs
Three Scenarios Of ARW Deployment 

Table of figures

Figure 1. Use Cases For ARWs And Their Potential For Generating EHS/OpEx Benefits
Figure 2. Growing Demand For ARWs That Enable Remote Content Delivery Or Mentoring
Figure 3. Large Potential For ARWs That Enable Remote Content Delivery Or Mentoring
Figure 4. Projected Revenues Of Connected Worker Devices For Remote Content Delivery Or Mentoring
Figure 5. Corporate Concerns Regarding ARWs For Remote Content Delivery Or Mentoring
Figure 6. Three Scenarios For ARW Deployment Defined By (A) People, (B) Processes And (C) Technology 

About the authors

Steve Bolton

Research Director

Steve leads the Verdantix EHS research practice, based out of our New York office. He has 25 years of experience advising on sustainability, EHS, circular economy, corporate social responsibility and other business value topics. Steve received a dual environmental science and public policy Bachelor's degree from The College of William and Mary, a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University, and an MBA degree from James Madison University.

Rodolphe d’Arjuzon

Global Head of Research and Finance Director

Rodolphe co-founded Verdantix in 2008 and directs the firm’s research strategy across all practice areas. He also leads the Environment, Health & Safety practice on an interim basis. Rodolphe has over twenty years of experience in technology research and strategy consulting. He previously worked for Barclays Bank and L.E.K. Consulting. Rodolphe holds a PhD in Physics from Cambridge University.

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