Vuzix Corp. (NASDAQ: VUZI) said that Germany-based Bechtle has begun using augmented reality (AR) glasses at its logistics hubin Neckarsulm in the world´s first live deployment of SAP´s mobile AR Warehouse Picker app, the company said.
Bechtle and SAP have been collaborating on a project since May 2014 to drive the integration of forward-looking digital technology with warehouse logistics. This successful deployment of smart glasses sets the stage for additional planned applications.
After an extensive testing phase, Bechtle´s vision of hands-free picking in its warehouse has become a reality. In recent weeks, warehouse employees have begun controlling select picking processes via smart glasses, including the M100. These wearables communicate with Bechtle´s digital warehouse management system and the mobile SAP AR Warehouse Picker app, thus integrating revolutionary AR technology into the pan-European IT provider´s logistics processes.
Bechtle is deploying the Vuzix Smart Glasses as an alternative to handheld scanners, which it will continue to use for the time being. The glasses display information directly in the user´s line of vision through SAP´s Android app, which communicates continuously with Bechtle´s warehouse management system via Wi-Fi.
The app directs the wearer through the picking process step by step, keeping the user´s hands free the entire time. Sight-controlled barcode/QR code scanning and powerful voice recognition allow users to quickly, intuitively and accurately control tasks that previously required manual input. The solution also offers an integrated low stock check to ensure an adequate inventory of the product just picked.
Bechtle AG is one of Europe´s leading IT providers, with 66 system houses in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as e-commerce subsidiaries in 14 European countries. Founded in 1983, the company is based in Neckarsulm and currently employs over 7,100 people. Bechtle provides more than 75,000 customers from the industrial, trade, financial and public sectors with a comprehensive, vendor-neutral portfolio that covers all aspects of IT infrastructure and operation. In 2014, the company generated revenues of around 2.6 billion euros.
Vuzix is a leading supplier of Video Eyewear and Smart Glasses products in the consumer, commercial and entertainment markets. The company´s products include personal display and wearable computing devices that offer users a portable high quality viewing experience, provide solutions for mobility, wearable displays and virtual and augmented reality. Vuzix holds 42 patents and 15 additional patents pending and numerous IP licenses in the Video Eyewear field.