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The combination of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Augmented Reality (AR) is not only allowing enterprises to gather data and generate insights from it, instead, it is also delivering those insights to the right people at the right time to create maximum impact. If IoT is the year’s blockbuster, then Augmented Reality is gradually becoming an innovation that lets workers easily gain access to what’s happening with their smart connected products. IoT generates the data required and AR assists in using that data optimally.
Internet of Things (IoT) and Augmented Reality (AR)
IoT uses its network of smart objects, sensors, and processors, and makes the entire process autonomously responsive by continuously gathering data, analyzing it and triggering the relevant and appropriate responses from the concerned entities. For Instance, IoT-based inventory management system uses sensors and scanners to monitor the consumption and storage of materials present in a manufacturing facility. Moreover, whenever the inventory reaches depletion, the IoT-powered systems either place an order for replenishment or it notifies the concerned authorities.
Augmented Reality is integrated to provide workers the ability to access vital information. For example, the use of AR smart glasses in the logistics department is helping to sort the units and also helps to identify packages efficiently without struggling to read the printed tags or use hand-held scanners.
Amalgamating IoT and AR
The deadly combination of IoT and AR enhances the rapid responsiveness of IoT systems by delivering accurate insights and thereby ensuring that the organizations stay agile to respond to the external changes.
• Equipment repair and maintenance
Well, with the advent of predictive maintenance which is enabled by big data and IoT, is gaining prominence mainly in the manufacturing sector. Manufacturers use this technology to monitor equipment health and performance, using sensors to identify any breakdowns. Also, with the historical data present, they might signify a potential machine failure and can notify maintenance personnel; appropriate actions maximize the asset utilization. With the AR smart glasses, one can visually inspect machinery and gain performance data directly through those glasses.
• Law enforcement
Governments can use these technologies to strengthen their internal security. By installing IoT-enabled surveillance systems, it can help governments to monitor public areas and identify potential threat factors. AR glasses can also guide emergency responders to the scene of incidents that can assist them in locating the suspects.
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