At the Enterprise Wearable Technology Summit (EWTS), which starts today in Dallas, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced a new initiative called the Qualcomm XR Enterprise Program. This one is fairly straightforward. Instead of solution providers like Upskill, Scope AR, Wikitude, and UbiMAX, developing for one specific device, Qualcomm will help them create solutions for their Snapdragon XR chips, making enterprise solutions much more portable across platforms. On the OEM side, Vuzix, nReal, and RealWear are part of the program.
The Qualcomm XR Enterprise Program allows enterprise solution providers to be part of a global community that offers access to technical support resources, promotional opportunities, co-marketing, joint planning and business development and matchmaking with other members for the collective goal of accelerating the enterprise XR segment to help increase operational efficiencies, worker satisfaction & safety and impact the bottom line. Since Qualcomm is already the common denominator across all head mounted displays (HMDs) including Oculus’ new standalone Quest VR, and enterprise HMDs like HoloLens 2 and Glass Enterprise Edition 2, it makes sense for them to leverage this unique position to support market growth.
“Qualcomm Technologies views the enterprise as a critical segment for growing the overall XR industry and we are committed to furthering adoption by bringing together the best hardware and software solutions providers to meet the respective demands of a business’ function and use cases,” said Brian Vogelsang, senior director of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We are excited to be working with companies enabling solutions for the enterprise customer by optimizing performance, productivity and improving accuracy and safety in areas such as field service, maintenance and repair, inspection, assembly, material handling, remote collaboration, data visualization and training.”
“Through the Qualcomm XR Enterprise Program, we’ve received access to hardware prototypes, technology roadmaps, access to new features like eye-tracking and had the opportunity to showcase our technology to enterprise partners,” said Tony Bevilacqua, CEO and founder, Cognitive3D.
The Qualcomm XR Enterprise Program will provide members with Qualcomm Technologies-supported benefits including XR industry insights, connections with end customers, visibility into upcoming Qualcomm Technologies hardware and software product features and the Qualcomm XR Enterprise Program badge to display on their website and promotional material to identify themselves as companies who are helping to drive excellence in quality and adoption of XR in the enterprise.