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  • How Do You Imagine the Future of Virtual Reality in Enterprises Oct 4, 2019

    Virtual reality has evolved over the years and finally, it is being leveraged by enterprises to create more value. Virtual Reality not only enhances user experience but also creates a whole new world for the user. Gartner CIO Survey 2019 reports that about 10% of respondents have already deployed immersive experience in their workplace, while another 9% are planning to do so within the next 12 months.

    Most of these deployments have mainly been in industries such as field services, manufacturing, healthcare, logistics, warehousing, training, product design and virtualization and support for frontline workers. The future of virtual reality looks very promising and is about to change the way we see the world and the way we learn things. It is important for businesses to be able to seamlessly onboard, configure and manage VR devices, just like any other mobile device, using a VR Management solution.

    Let’s explore a few of the practical applications of VR in the workplace.

    According to research by PwC, AR and VR technologies are extremely important for car manufacturers to stay competitive in the US. Virtual Reality enables these companies to create more realistic designs for cars and their parts/accessories. Apart from this, VR also helps in remote maintenance and assembling car parts.


    VR has a huge impact on medicine. Dr. Ajit Sachdeva, Director of Education with the American College of Surgeons states, “VR has reached a tipping point in medicine.” Not only does VR help treat post-traumatic stress disorder, but, combined with 3D visualization, it also helps surgeons plan complicated surgical procedures, such as the separation of conjoined twins. VR and 3D visualization have significantly reduced the time required to create 3D models of patients’ internal organs. This, in turn, helps reduce the overall time for treatment and facilitates better decision making.

    VR for Pain Relief
    VR is transforming the most painful treatments by helping reduce pain during invasive medical procedures. It brings relief to patients while changing the dressing of burn patients and more. Patients wearing a virtual reality headset device can be distracted from their pain. This results in reduced pain signals reaching the brain. There are multiple virtual reality applications dedicated for this. One of the greatest advantages of using VR for pain relief is that it has no side effects while the patient is coping with the pain. Deepstream VR is a company that provides pain relief application, ‘Cool!’ which helps patients to deal with chronic pain. The app uses data analytics to make chronic pain treatment more personalized to users.

    Field services
    A logistics firm, United Parcel Service has embraced VR headsets to train truck drivers. The content for the training module has been designed to replicate real-life instances and hazards that drivers have to deal with on the road. UPS training pros ensure that all the drivers qualify this driver safety training before actually hitting the road.

    The use of VR in film making is no big surprise. Several filmmakers and studios are constantly experimenting with VR and how they can convey narratives through VR to allow the audience to experience the story from any angle they choose. This increases audience engagement. However, the experience can be intense, and hence, must be broken into several short films to hold the attention of the audience.

    Although the potential opportunities for VR look very promising, challenges still exist. The infrastructure and consistent connectivity required for VR is still at a nascent stage. The VR ecosystem still lacks maturity and control. Enterprises have to continuously invest, experiment and explore business opportunities to create widespread uses cases for VR.

    Once VR devices have completely infiltrated the system, enterprises will need a platform to manage, control and secure them. One of the greatest challenges among them will be optimizing the use of these devices. 42Gears UEM solution for Virtual Reality management can offer better control and management capabilities to any enterprise adopting VR devices. It is a robust solution that’s capable of turning any VR device into a dedicated-purpose tool, helping businesses remotely install/update content and apps. The solution not only helps monitor and configure device settings remotely, but also makes troubleshooting devices from a remote/central location a breeze.
  • UEM - Securing the Blind Spots in Device & Endpoint Management Dec 14, 2018

    In the wake of digital transformation, it’s safe to assume that there are as many connected devices (if not more) as there are connected humans. That’s because the only means, in a world that revels in its technological innovations - each better and more advanced than the last, through which people can stay connected is technology. And this is true for both individuals and businesses.

    In a place and time such as this, where workforces are becoming mobile, the use of wearables is on the rise and employees are bringing their own devices to work, security concerns are skyrocketing. Regardless of whether users are aware of this or not, business-critical data is being transferred from one touchpoint to another - data that can be and is being analysed to discern patterns, trends and behaviours; data that competitors can benefit a lot from.

    And factually speaking, there’s simply no way to avoid this. Because, today, productivity is a function of mobility. Moreover, it’s not just about information security either - there is the matter of managing and monitoring the hundreds of endpoints that capture and transmit data, too. With the use of mobile devices snowballing, the issues organizations face when it comes predictive maintenance or keeping devices configured and updated as required, whenever required, cannot be ignored.

    Now, since IoT has become an ‘everyday’ aspect of life and enterprises can no longer survive without mobility solutions, why not get them both to work in sync. This is exactly what UEM (Unified Endpoint Management) does. As a solution, it strives to bring all mobile devices and endpoints under one umbrella in a secure, cohesive and user-centric manner by removing silos and redundancies.

    UEM relies on MDM APIs in mobiles and desktop operating systems to combine traditional client management of laptops and desktops with a new EMM framework, enabling IT admins to deliver consistent experiences across endpoints. It also allows them to secure devices and manage device life-cycles through a web console.

    Precisely why it can do businesses a world of good. Let’s take a look.
    • Increased Visibility (in terms of security & compliance) - Most enterprises don’t have enough visibility into their endpoints. This calls for users to manage their devices proactively, making remote users vulnerable. UEM allows business to manage and monitor endpoints remotely, so security features can be enabled even before users receive their devices.

    • Reduced Costs - Earlier, IT components usually worked in silos. Unified Endpoint Management allows IT personnel to manage multiple endpoints simultaneously and ensure an optimized and standardized experience across devices, reducing redundancies, and thus, operational costs.

    • Better Control - Dissatisfactory user experience leads increased support costs. A universal platform allows users to work without troubleshooting restrictions or access requirements. Easy access, in turn, improves productivity.
    According to a recent report, the number of connected devices being used across the world will cross 50 billion by 2020. So the only way businesses can be future-ready is by embracing UEM as the modern way of managing endpoints and mobile devices.
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  • Contact Management Simplified! Sep 20, 2018

    It’s true that business contacts are often scattered in different databases. Many of them may even exist more than once, others may contain various incomplete and vague information.

    When a company is small, information is easily accessible, as it grows and new people join, it’s really hard to know people across the teams. Geographically spread teams become disconnected and simple interaction becomes a challenge, also remembering names and faces, knowing who does what, and simply finding someone’s phone number can be difficult at times.

    As per a LinkedIn survey - about 30% of users search on LinkedIn each month to view their co-workers’ profiles. LinkedIn also found that only about 38% of the users said that their companies’ intranets are effective in helping them get their coworkers contact data. And about 58% said they would be more productive if they can search for coworkers with specific names, departments, or skills alone to get their contacts details in time.

    Many companies try to build their own internal employee directories but they often lack basic search, grouping, real-time synchronization, etc.

    Get your contacts organized!

    AstroContacts is a Contact Management Software which let users easily find, learn about and contact their coworkers, through an app. Clicking on a coworker in the search results takes users to a cleaner and more detailed version of their work profile. Co-workers can see each others’ profiles even if they aren’t connected or know each other directly.

    This help employees be more productive and successful in their roles by making it easy to find the right people at right time. Whether employees are looking for someone with a specific colleague by title or skill, a new employee looking to contact other team members, or team members network for a new project, AstroContacts enables seamless connectivity anytime anywhere.

    It also brings the power of an HR database into an app which makes work contacts easily accessible whenever a new employee joins, and puts the control in the hands of HR and IT admins.

    AstroContacts is a lightweight, easy to use, cloud based contact management software that let you organize and manage your business contacts information from a central console.

    Take a free trial today!
  • How Technology is Transforming Disabilities into Super Abilities Dec 20, 2017

    One billion people, or 15% of the world’s population is suffering from some form of disability - WHO

    According to a WHO report in 2016, it was found that 360 million people are hearing impaired, 285 million people are visually impaired and 75 million are mobility impaired, require wheelchair assistance.

    But technologies such as assistive, rehabilitative, haptic, virtual reality and AI are providing opportunities to transform disabilities into super abilities.

    Differently abled individuals are often dependent on their family for their day to day activities. But these new gadgets and technologies are aiming to help such individuals take care of themselves, perform better at work, go for higher education, enjoy music, take part in sports, travel and contribute to their community as well.

    With the help of assistive tech gadgets, differently abled people can enjoy life to the fullest. For example – A speech impaired person can speak, partially vision impaired individual can see the world better and a mobility impaired person can walk. Gadgets such as autonomous vehicles, assistive devices for hearing impaired, movement control gadgets, smart glasses for the blind are some of the technologies in use today.

    Let us explore some of the new technologies:

    Assistive devices for people with hearing, voice, speech or language disorders:

    As per WHO hearing impairment is a major disability. Any device that helps hearing impaired, voice, speech or language disorder to communicate is referred to as an assistive device. Assistive devices and technologies help individuals to communicate meaningfully and perform daily activities without hindrance. Gadgets may perform differently as per the required purposes. Some of the gadgets are assistive listening devices (ALD), augmentative and alternative communication devices (AAC), and alerting devices.

    Let’s take a look at some gadgets/apps available in the market:

    UNI- It is a two-way communication device that detects sign language by using its camera and converts it into speech. It also converts speech into text.

    TTS Reader- It is an app, available on Google Play, which can read out loud any text entered or on any wanted website address in natural sound.

    Dragon Dictation App- This iOS app can performs similar to the TTs reader.

    Blee Watch- A smartwatch for the hearing impaired that converts sound waves into vibrations and color codes to alert users to emergency sounds, ringing doorbells, and even helps them feel the rhythm of music.

    Tech gadgets for visually impaired:

    Many devices and apps are available, designed to assist the visually impaired by using haptic technology, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence. Few examples are:

    Iris Vision- Iris Vision redefines support for low vision people in the most effective way by combining virtual reality with multiple innovative software. The company offers a smartphone which possess 1a 2-megapixel camera with Snapdragon processor, and it can be mounted on a lightweight headset. This VR headset empowers partially vision impaired to see the faces of people they meet, watch television, read books and more. Also, it offers them the independence to explore the world without using any bulky and expensive device.

    Eye Stick – Visually impaired people often find it difficult to cross the streets or climb the stairs. The Eye Stick has a lens attached at the bottom which can sense traffic lights, stairs or busy streets and send signals through vibrations. It helps people with visual impairments to avoid dangerous situations and locate their destinations easily.

    Braille Device - For years, Braille technology has been used in various devices such as displays, printers and note makers. In 1824, the Braille keyboard was invented by Louis braille which could perform similarly to a normal keyboard. Today, the keyboard can connect with any tablet, PC or smartphone, allowing vision impaired individuals to use the gadgets easily. It can be easily connected via Bluetooth or USB cable and converts the text on the device display into braille. It also has built-in apps such as alarm, notepad, calculator, clock, stopwatch and timer. Additionally, it offers support for a 32GB card to store documents and books and that are read in braille.

    Be My Eyes App- This is an app which connects sighted people with blind people via video call and uses the rear and front cameras of phone to provide assistance to visually impaired persons while they are crossing the roads or reading something. Except blind people anyone can download this app and help them.

    Assistive Devices for Mobility Impaired:

    Mobility impairments may happen due to orthopaedic or neuromuscular impairments such as amputation, paralysis, cerebral palsy, stroke, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy or spinal cord injury. So far, a few tech gadgets have been designed that can help provide great mobility and independence for mobility impaired individuals:

    Sesame Phone - People having limited mobility due to paralysis or spinal cord injury may find it difficult to manage a smartphone. A modified version of Google Nexus 5 device, known as the Sesame Phone, is a hands-free smartphone and tracks user’s head movement. The head works as finger and allows the user to swipe, tap, gesture and more. Users also can download apps and use them with their head motion.

    Stabilizing Handle- People having motion disorders such as Parkinson’s disease often depend on family members for eating food. The stabilizing handle helps them to eat without assistance. It can attach to any eating utensil including fork, spoon and soup spoon and is capable of reducing hand tremors up to 70%.

    Eyegaze Edge - Around 4,00,000 people suffer from motor neuron diseases worldwide, making communication and working on PCs or tablets difficult for them. LC technologies from US has invented a product named Eyegaze Edge which enables users to control their computers using their eyes. It is an eye-operated communication and control system that lets people with disabilities to communicate with the world. Users do so by looking at control keys on the tablet screen to generate speech, either by selecting from pre-programmed phrases or typing a message.

    Role of Mobility Management Solutions

    One of the important points to note is that most users are not very tech savvy. They are mostly elders or persons with disabilities that makes use of technology difficult for them. Companies offering these solutions can greatly enhance their effectiveness by bundling their technology along with a UEM (Unified Endpoint Management) solution. It will help in the remote support of the devices, push updates and prevent unintentional or accidental tampering of device settings. For e.g. Iris vision is offering a VR headset for partially visually impaired people, which are managed and secured using 42Gears Mobile Device Management solution to offer a complete package.


    There is abundance of assistive devices in the market, few of which have been discussed in this article. These gadgets have been designed to allow differently abled individuals to live life normally and independently. A lot of companies are invested in discovering new advanced technologies to convert the term disability into super abilities.
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  • Voice Technology in IoT Expands to EMM Dec 11, 2017

    Voice input has started playing an important role in encouraging IoT adoption by enterprises. It removes the restrictions of screens and manual data input and makes Internet of Things more intuitive with human interaction capabilities. As per Gartner, IoT is expected to reach 26 billion installed units by 2020.

    With more and more enterprises implementing next-generation endpoints like wearables and IoT, there has been a huge jump in demand for EMM solutions that can control, secure and manage IoT devices being used for business purpose. EMM solution providers are now looking at innovative capabilities and enhancements that will be able to meet the forward-thinking requirements of an organization’s enterprise mobility architecture. The progression to voice control monitoring in IoT has caused EMM providers to also start looking at how voice technology can be incorporated into mobility management practices as well.

    In the last few years, Voice Technology has emerged as a key feature in enterprise applications. Voice applications have been introduced in shops and manufacturing floors that allows workers to perform their tasks hands free.

    This process is now being adapted by EMM solution providers who are looking at voice technology as a medium to capture information from endpoints, analyse the data and take action as per the analysis. 42Gears has made headway in this path by introducing the world’s first Virtual Assistant for EMM – DeepThought, an AI chatbot with intuitive human interaction capabilities that can receive commands through voice input and use NLP (Natural Language Processor) to convert those commands into appropriate actions.

    By introducing voice technology to EMM, IT admin have been handed an easier alternative to extract data that they require. Voice is a way to provide a more flexible user experience and is often less time consuming than other data input/output methods. It also helps to reduce the adoption and learning curve for the IT admin.

    Voice enabled chat option for DeepThought allows IT admin to simply voice out a command and the chatbot will extract the requested data from the database. It will be interesting to see how voice technology will be used to manage business processes utilizing IoT technology for improved productivity in the future.

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