Samsung wants to bring smartwatches and virtual reality to your enterprise

Could wearable devices boost employee response time or provide them with high value data in a more timely fashion? Samsung thinks so and is already courting developers.
Written by Kevin Tofel, Contributor

Consumers may be snapping up the latest connected wearable devices but there may be a place for them at the office as well. That's what Samsung hopes, anyway. The company is spending some effort on how to bring smartwatches and virtual reality (VR) headsets to the enterprise.

PC World caught comments to this effect at a Samsung event where the company's vice president of mobile marketing, Eric McCarty, pointed out what Samsung is doing in this space.

McCarty explained that Samsung is already working with developers to bring business applications and content that would work with watches and VR devices. Some of the exploratory ideas and examples on the wrist include stock alerts for day traders, alerts for workers in the field, or perhaps key business metrics on a small dashboard.

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On the VR side, McCarty suggested that training videos might be an ideal use case and that the real estate industry could benefit from immersive home tours through a headset of some kind.

Of course, adding more devices to the enterprise brings the potential for more device management costs as well as security risks. To that end, Samsung has already created its Knox platform for Android phones to help mitigate these; Google last year said it would integrate Samsung's Knox into Android.

Smartwatches don't yet do much more than a smartphone, so Samsung could have a tough time convincing enterprises to spend money on accessory items.

If it can prove the value, however -- perhaps in faster response times to system outages or other alerts -- the company may have a case. After all, getting employees to move quickly when faced with ever changing business situations is a likely priority for most companies. Samsung seems to be betting on it, in fact.

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