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Microchip implants at work, and the Google glasses are back

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Google Glass to be resurrected for business?

After sales were suspended in 2015, the Google Glass augmented-reality headset is making a comeback. The team behind the tech stopped production in order to rethink its development, and now the wearable has re-emerged with a new business focus.

Now named Glass Enterprise Edition, the tech is being made available to all businesses, and will be of particular interest to those in architecture, construction and design. Glass could become a rival to Microsoft’s augmented-reality headset HoloLens, which is popular within those industries.

A two-year testing period saw more than 50 businesses across the manufacturing, logistics, and field services industries test the Glass, with positive feedback prompting Google to re-launch the device.

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Each month we explore a key theme, the people behind it and the latest innovations you can add to your business.

Technology is changing the way business works across the globe. From basics such as workplace  communication and logistics, to more complex issues of data collection and storage, advances have seen companies forced to adapt to the rapid pace of change.

Of course, these changes come with their own risks; with cyber-attacks becoming more frequent, and arguments about workplace privacy continuing to rumble on, businesses have to be cautious about their own data collection methods, storage and ensuring the security of that data.

Tech can streamline business (read on to see how one trendsetter is taking ease of access to the next level), but that streamlining comes with a caveat: it must be carefully, and responsibly, implemented to ensure the best outcome for all parties.

Meet the trendsetter…

Epicenter is really getting under the skin of workplace technology. The Swedish startup hub made the news this year, as the company began offering microchip implants to its workers.

The microchips function as regular swipe cards: they give access to the premises, operate printers, and allow employees to buy lunch with a wave of their hand. Around 150 workers at Epicenter are currently chipped.

While the discussion around privacy issues, which are all the more complicated with the sensor actually being inside a person, the Epicenter CEO sees the process as a streamlining of other devices workers already carry. “The biggest benefit I think is convenience. It basically replaces a lot of things you have, other communication devices, whether it be credit cards or keys.”

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Try this…

How secure is your business?

With vast swathes of company information being kept online in the Cloud, and hackers circling looking for an easy target, how well protected is your business?

Try this Guardian interactive, which asks a number of questions to determine the level of threat your company is under and offers tips on how to protect your digital privacy.

From two-factor authentication to regular updates and security training, this test can show exactly what your company needs to become more secure, and to ensure that your systems are as well-protected as they can be from the threat of hackers and ransomware.

Take the test here

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