How Wearable Devices Are Creating Innovation in the Workplace

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A wearable that monitors exposure to radiation

For many professionals, such as health care workers, construction workers, and those who work in the airline industry, radiation can be an occupational hazard, but they aren’t always aware of the levels of radiation or of their risk for exposure. A wearable device called Dosime monitors exposure to radiation. In wearable mode, the Dosime device can be clipped to clothes, purses, backpacks or briefcases for on-the-go readings, capturing real-time radiation exposure in the environment and storing radiation records. The device can also be connected to an app that records radiation records. If the Dosime device detects exposure levels that exceed prescribed alert levels, the device immediately alerts the user with a visual alarm, as well as through configurable text, email and audible mobile alerts.

As wearable devices evolve, they will take on more functionality, especially within the workplace, potentially affecting the data within a wide range of industries.

On one hand, wearables are revolutionizing the workplace, with innovations that create a safer work environment or enhance the way professionals are able to go about their job. Expect to see developers produce new versions of devices and apps to accommodate wearables in the workplace, enabling improved network access and offering new collaboration tools for employees.

On the other hand, wearables open the door to potential security risks.

"This will also introduce new vulnerabilities as wearables can be accessed via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth," said Varun Kohli, VP of Marketing at Skycure. "A hacker can leverage either or both gates to get access to wearables to steal both personal and corporate data. More importantly, new applications written specifically for wearables are bringing new vulnerabilities to the app level."

Because developers are most interested in getting their product to market, this leads to them taking security shortcuts that will affect the overall risk posture of the organization. Bringing in these wearable/IoT devices opens the door for hackers and hactivists looking for an easy in.

Here are some of the ways wearables are changing the workplace – and one device that we never think of as wearable but may be the most important device we own.

 
 
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