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Posted by Ashley Ford

July 21, 2016 at 11:04 AM



Wearable technologies are becoming a staple of everyday life. Used across multiple disciplines and throughout various fields these ground-breaking innovations are fundamentally changing the way we collect and analyse data. This is particularly evident across the sporting world.

With more money, data and technology involved than ever before, professional sports are taking advantage of the latest in wearable technology to drive improved performance. Throughout the National Football League (NFL) in the US, teams use revolutionary wearable technology embedded in their shoulder pads. This protective gear goes beyond its defensive purpose and records a wide selection of data, from player position and speed, to the distance travelled. With this data, managers can evaluate their tactics in much greater depth and recognise team and player, strengths and weaknesses.     

Of course, this technology isn’t limited only to sports. It also has wide-ranging business applications which have the potential to significantly enhance efficiency. The likes of Porsche Cars use these technologies to monitor the location of tools throughout the manufacturing plant. With complete visibility of the toolset across the working environment, logistical issues are reduced and asset management radically improved. By ensuring the right tools are in the right place, at the right time, workers can operate faster and more productively.

On top of business applications, wearable technology also offers significant potential across consumer divisions. By marrying people with the right devices, performance can be optimised, irrespective of industry.       

For more on wearable technologies see what the Managing Director of Zebra Technologies, Ashley Ford, had to say, watch the video here.  

Topics: Manufacturing, Wearables, Data Capture, NFL