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By Rich Handley

ProGlove Unveils Ergonomic IoT BLE Wearable

Smart, wearable device sales are projected to double worldwide by 2022, according to industry analyst CCS Insight. ProGlove, a German startup, is expanding its presence in North America. The manufacturer of smart, wearable technology provides hands-free scanning solutions across a number of industries.

The MARK 2 can connect to a corporate network via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) or 868 MHz radio frequency. It enables users to scan from up to 5 feet away from a device and includes a battery that holds up to a 15-hour charge. In combination with tablets, smartphones and other portable devices, employees can work without a station. Instant worker feedback from the MARK 2 provides information to employees, reporting errors or pointing out prioritized shipments.

Bar-code scanning plays an important role in many industrial environments, the company reports. Workers use scanning technology to confirm work orders or document process steps, but traditional mobile scanners bring unnecessary weight, must be picked up, and are often lost or quickly damaged. This delays work processes, leads to errors and affects quality, the firm explains. ProGlove's smart wearables are designed to address these problems and ensure greater efficiency, ergonomics, quality and process reliability.

"Our product connects the worker to the IIoT and is enabling industrial workers and management teams around the world to close the digital chain," said Andreas König, ProGlove's CEO, in a prepared statement. "We have just started to scratch the surface on the capabilities of this technology and the companies it can positively impact. Above all, we're putting humans at the center of our technology and strengthening their role in an era of increased automation."

"ProGlove is an American story made in Germany," said Charlie Grieco, the firm's VP of sales, in the prepared statement. "It began with the Intel Make It Wearable Challenge, and I think we can add many American chapters to that plot because ProGlove's technology is all about hyper-efficiency, unparalleled quality, and the connected human worker. These will be the precise ingredients North American businesses need to gain and maintain a competitive edge in the Industry 4.0 era."

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