XR Enterprise Platforms
XR is a new and immersive way of experiencing the world. It opens new possibilities for businesses and industries to train their employees without needing expensive infrastructure, travel, or accommodation.
XR is not yet mainstream but is quickly becoming the next big thing in the digital world. Companies are looking for ways to stay ahead of the game and take advantage of this technology, while still maintaining security protocols over their hardware and software infrastructure. To keep up with this new trend, CTO’s have been on a hunt for an XR platform that will give them what they need – manage their content on multiple devices and channels simultaneously and they want a platform that won’t lock them into a single headset manufacturer.
Driven by new advances in XR (Extended Reality) hardware, we are at the precipice of an exponential growth in the XR sector, that will in turn, create a major transformation in the education and training sectors.
In this article, we look at:
– the evolution of XR hardware, whether that’s a headset, glasses or a smartphone; and
– XR Enterprise Platforms – hosting and integrations;
XR Hardware Evolution
In the past 12 months, Virtual Reality hardware manufacturers, like HTC, Oculus and PICO have diversified their product offering to include enterprise grade hardware, managed via a secure platform. New headset manufacturers have entered the Mixed Reality market, like Nreal and Lynx-R1, and existing headset providers, like Microsoft and RealWear have leapt ahead with their hardware. There have also been some exciting advances in holographic hardware, like the Tilt Five tables. Smartphone manufacturers have upgraded the cameras on their devices, making lidar scanning and photogrammetry, from your phone, easy for anyone, making XR content creation much more cost effective.
Importantly, XR headsets have become far more affordable, making a positive business case for education and training institutions to ask students to bring their own laptop and XR headset, when they start their studies.
As you can read, there are many types of XR hardware, so what about the software?
What is XR Enterprise Platform?
It is the hosting infrastructure and software required to take a single XR experience that can run on one headset and make that same content available to multiple businesses, on multiple headsets around the world, at the same time. The platform manages content across different types of devices and provides specific features for enterprise applications. These platforms also provide easy integration with existing systems or software, like a LMS or real time dashboard reporting application, streamlining the data collection, and reporting workflow that is critical for all education and training providers.
XR Enterprise Platforms provide a variety of content for multiple target audiences. Given the vast amount of information that business and industry must manage, it is important that the right platform is selected.
There are many different types of XR platforms for enterprise. There are differences in the types of content they can manage, the types of devices they support and the types of integrations possible. To determine which XR platform will best meet your needs, it is important to consider what you want to achieve with your platform.
What makes a good XR Enterprise Platform?
A good XR enterprise platform should be able to handle visuals, audio, and interactive content with ease.
The best XR Enterprise Platform is one that can:
– securely protect your content – content can’t be stolen from the headset;
– manage content on multiple devices and channels simultaneously
– not locked into a single headset manufacturer and allow to securely view content in a headset, or on a PC, tablet, or smartphone;
– will allow you to create and maintain a library of up-to-date content;
– allow content from multiple providers;
– process real-time data from multiple sources, be that external sensors or simulator data feeds;
– capture, collate and report the participants engagement, through audio cues, mechanics, real-time images and video;
– Integrate with other enterprise platforms, like Learning Management Systems;
– Encourages universal adoption of this new technology;
XR Enterprise Platform technology is now available for you to host your education and training content allowing students to be trained and tested in XR, while all your reporting needs are taken care of as well.
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