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Moving into wearables

RealWear, the US provider of head-mounted technology for lone worker collaboration, is expanding its presence in EMEA with the appointment of and Westcon-Comstor as distributors. Both are new entrants to the industrial wearables market.

Sacha Kakad, Managing Director of IoT and 4G/5G specialist (also distributor of wireless WAN vendors Cradlepoint, Sierra Wireless and Digi), says that the addition of RealWear’s hands-free head-mounted tablets to its EMEA portfolio will enable it to tap into growing demand for Augmented Reality (AR) and wearable computing solutions.

He said: “It’s a significant opportunity for and our channel partners to deliver remote solutions that address real-world problems and business advancements. While it allows us to answer direct market demands today, driven by the pandemic, we’re even more excited for the wider possibilities and look forward to working with RealWear and our partners to bring their leading range of solutions to businesses across Europe.”

Westcon-Comstor, which is distributing RealWear’s head-mounted technology for lone worker collaboration in the EMEA and APAC regions, also sees this as an opportunity to provide vertical industry solutions.

Simon Thompson, Senior Vice President of Global Accounts, said: “We’re delighted to welcome RealWear into our portfolio. We understand the importance of supporting businesses that require industry-specific solutions, and RealWear’s technology provides a unique way of overcoming current challenges in a variety of sectors.”

RealWear’s flagship product, the HMT-1, is a fully ruggedised voice-activated headset with cameras, certified by Cisco Webex Expert on Demand and Microsoft Teams, amongst others. Its applications include remote mentor video calling, document navigation, guided workflow, mobile forms and industrial IoT visualisation.

RealWear also offers the HMT-1Z1, an intrinsically safe, ATEX-approved model for use where explosive gasses may be present.

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