September 11, 2017 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc. has today announced several new partner solutions that offer new capabilities for businesses through integration with Samsung’s devices and technologies. Samsung claims that its solutions address specific employee and customer needs in businesses including healthcare providers, companies relying on field service workers and fitness centers seeking to enhance user experiences. The company made the announcement at Mobile World Congress Americas conference.
New wearable solutions from SoloProtect, Reemo and Ability Wearables integrate with Samsung smartwatches for wearables in the workplace, and a virtual reality solution from partner VirZOOM provides different ways for fitness centers to enhance workouts through Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus.
“We’re seeing an incredible uptick in innovation through collaboration with our partners,” said Eric McCarty, Vice President of B2B Mobile Product Marketing, Samsung Electronics America. “As a result, we are seeing more mobile solutions emerge that are tailored to meet specific business needs – such as senior care facilities or lone worker scenarios.”
Samsung will be showcasing the VirZOOM VR Fitness platform, a B2B VR solution for fitness centers seeking to elevate the workout experience through virtual reality. Gym members mount a Life Fitness stationary exercise bike outfitted with the VirZOOM module and use Samsung Gear VR to immerse themselves in games – including cycling experiences. Users move through a virtual world proportionately with their real world pedaling speed, while the handlebar’s resistance buttons are repurposed for gameplay. The solution utilizes a washable VR headset cover that is sanitized after each use.
Samsung stated that the VirZOOM platform, along with Gear VR implementation with Life Fitness, can help fitness centers attract new customers, initiate vSports competitions, and offer a differentiated gym experience.
Samsung’s other B2B wearable partner solutions introduced at this year’s event focus on safety, and wellness & health management, and include:
- SoloProtect: Aims to increase worker safety and protect individuals working alone and who may visit strangers’ homes or work in high-risk areas, through integration with Samsung Gear S3;
- Reemo: A platform that integrates with Gear S2/S3s to give senior and care facilities insights into key health aspects, like activity level, heart rate, and sleep quality;
- Ability Wearables: Helps with fatigue-related challenges that impact businesses where employees often face long work shifts or physically demanding environments.
SoloProtect and Reemo’s solutions with Samsung use Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) from Samsung SDS, which allows businesses to customize devices and employ IoT. EMM enables control over deployment and remote management of wearable features, including device wipes. Additionally, Samsung Knox, the company’s security solution, is also employed to let businesses lock down employee wearables and improve security.
Image credit: VirZoom
About the author
Sam is the Founder and Managing Editor of Auganix. With a background in research and report writing, he has been covering XR industry news for the past five years.