Wearables will be a major component of Fujitsu’s industrial IoT offerings. With its UbiquitousWare line, the company is developing badges and tags that can monitor workers’ vital signs via biometric technologies such as pulse sensors, and can also detect contextual data like location, humidity, and so on. While the technologies have the potential to offer valuable administrative data to employers and managers, they could also help to prevent workplace injuries and accidents.
Fujitsu will also highlight how wearables can even be used on livestock for smart agriculture, as in the example of its GYUO SaaS system. Nicknamed “The Connected Cow”, the system outfits cows with pedometers to track their activity, allowing ranchers to analyze that data to determine the ideal time for artificial insemination. And Fujitsu is further extending that attachable wearables approach to machines with its GR-Aware platform. Developed by Fujitsu-owned GlobeRanger, GR-Aware solutions outfit industrial equipment with RFID technology to bring it into the IoT grid, allowing traditional machinery to provide real-time data to administrators.
In a statement announcing the Orlando stop of its world tour, Fujitsu cited an Intel prediction that by 2025, devices used in manufacturing will comprise $2.3 trillion of the anticipated $6.2 trillion IoT market. As such, these kinds of industrial IoT efforts could produce substantial payoffs down the line as the IoT continues develop in all its forms.