AirWatch looks to get out ahead of the emerging era of wearables and internet of things devices by adding support for AR headsets and smartglasses to AirWatch 9.0.
VMware AirWatch 9.0 will support Microsoft HoloLens, Android smartglasses and IoT devices. Augmented reality technology could be coming to businesses.
ATLANTA — As businesses prepare to adopt augmented reality and the internet of things, their device management software will have to catch up.
In anticipation of that need, AirWatch 9.0, the new version of VMware’s enterprise mobility management platform, adds support for augmented reality (AR) headsets, internet of things devices and smartwatches.
Augmented reality technology in particular is something that many businesses do not yet use but will in the coming years, said Mark Shimer, service assurance manager at Bristol-Myers Squibb, a pharmaceutical company based in New York. For instance, medical school students could take advantage of AR headsets and applications to learn about the human body without using cadavers — an example mentioned during the AirWatch Connect keynote this week.
“I think that’s a great use case,” Shimer said. “As time goes on and people come up with different ideas, there will be a zillion different uses for augmented reality.”
AirWatch already manages smartphones, tablets, Microsoft Windows PCs and Apple Macs. With AirWatch 9.0, IT pros will also be able to manage devices such as Microsoft’s Surface Hub super tablet, the Microsoft HoloLens AR headset and Android-powered smartglasses.