IMPLEMENTATION OF AUGMENTED REALITY (AR): A NEW WAY OF COLLECTING DATA WITH TDOX

implementation of augmented reality

We said many times how the adoption of new technologies can make a huge difference in the business environment. As a matter of fact, we talked about the low-code technology which gives a significant support to companies by offering rapid and simple digital solutions. Today, we want to focus on another technology that recently has been getting more and more important: the implementation of augmented reality (AR).

First of all, what is augmented reality? Gartner defines it as “the real-time use of information in the form of text, graphics, audio and other virtual enhancements integrated with real-world objects. It is this “real world” element that differentiates AR from virtual reality. AR integrates and adds value to the user’s interaction with the real world, versus a simulation”.

Moreover, AR is one of those technologies that has been adopted the most and we can see it in different applications, such as videogames, fashion retail, architecture, automotive retail, social networks, and so on. According to a survey made by Finances Online, there are 3 key augmented reality trends that business should be aware of:

  1. If we see the Global CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of AR spending from 2017 to 2022, we find the 133.0% in AR custom app development; 130.4% in AR systems integration; 128.3% in AR hardware; 121.9% in AR consulting services; 121.8% in AR software.
  2. Top benefits of AR at work according to US consumers are a better collaboration (72%), increased efficiency (69%), new business models/offerings (68%), better marketing (61%).
  3. Top workforce development benefits of AR according to IT experts are the possibility to provide real-time access to information (49%), to facilitate training and mirroring real-life experiences (49%), to enhance creativity in product design & development (48%), to enable remote employees to collaborate with one another (47%).

In particular, we want to concentrate on the implementation of augmented reality in workforce activities, and to do so, we want you to present this implementation made on TDox.

TDox a MXDP for your Workforce

If you’ve never heard about multi-experience development platform (MXDP), we strongly advise you to check our article here, where we examine it in depth. Basically, a MXDP like TDox allows you to digitize business processes in low-code mode, by making them available both on webapp and on Android and iOS mobile apps.

Why do we say that TDox is a MXDP for the workforce? Because the great difference between TDox and other MXDPs is that TDox has a particular attention to the employees. In fact, the multi-experience feature can be found in the way the workforce receives and performs tasks. We explain better: with TDox you have access to planning and managing employees’ activities tools through which you create workloads (read the full guide about TDox Workloads here) and you assign them to your operators. They’ll receive these workloads on their smartphones or tablets, so they can get rid of other dispersive communication tools like emails or instant messaging software, because they have all in one single platform.  

This centralization of activities in one platform represents a huge simplification that helps your employees to work better and safer and to avoid mistakes which can cause waste of time and energies. This kind of approach is supported by the next step that TDox will do: the implementation of augmented reality.

How will it work? We asked it to Michele Guion, our CIO, who talked about this new implementation.

implementation of augmented reality

A new TDox feature: the AR

Hello Michele, how will AR work in TDox?

The implementation of augmented reality in TDox will significantly support workforce activities by facilitating and speeding up the data entry, also thanks to the help of artificial intelligence. In fact, it’ll be enough to frame a piece of text with the camera of your phone and TDox will be able to identify the different text blocks by updating in real time what the user can see as soon as he/she moves the hand on the framing.

Once this will be done, the user will be able to choose some of them which  will be connected, and they’ll give value to the form. Eventually, the user will have the possibility to modify the text if it’s necessary.

Where this new functionality can be used?

This feature can be very helpful in the logistics sector, for instance. As a matter of fact, operators can use it to scan goods that don’t have their own barcode. In this way, there’s no need to apply a barcode on every material in stock, it’ll be enough to scan it with a mobile device (smartphone or tablet). This avoids waste of time and energy.

Furthermore, AR can be used also to acquire printed texts without the need to copy them by hand and this is very useful to any kind of sector, from construction industry to the maintenance operations.

On what kind of devices will AR be available?

Well, TDox is a MXDP that allows to use the application on different devices, above all smartphones and tablets. Anyway, we’re going to add a new device where TDox will be used: smart glasses.

In fact, operators will receive updates and information on their smart glasses, and this will highlight a hand-free future for the workforce. We’ve been already receiving various requests from companies that demand this kind of implementation, since it’d offer to operators the chance to be faster and to work with much more ease.

Support your Employees with TDox

As you could see, TDox gives another solution to support your employees and to help them through their activities. The use of this new feature can really make the difference in the economic environment and many organizations are moving towards this new implementation.

We thank again Michele Guion who answered to our questions on the implementation of augmented reality on TDox and we remind you that if you want to know more about TDox, do not hesitate to contact us to learn what it can do for you. Furthermore, if you are interested in seeing what TDox looks like in action, request a free demo, and discover a new world of opportunities.
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