How extended reality and 5G are transforming the way we work

by Scott Carter, Principal Architect, Integrated Solutions and Consulting

Believe it or not, extended reality (XR) can have incredible benefits for almost any business. What if you could make learning easier and more immersive? Manuals, brochures, or videos—with XR your employees and customers can have rich, realistic learning experiences. Businesses across many industries are using XR solutions to deliver rich experiences and improve productivity, training, customer service, and collaboration. Yours can too.

What is extended reality and how is it used?

Extended reality, or XR, is the umbrella term for technologies that blend the real world with the digital: virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR). XR isn’t a single solution. It’s an ecosystem of hardware, software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications, cloud and edge computing, and professional services. Together, they can help you streamline processes and be more efficient, drive innovation, connect in more personal, realistic ways—or all of the above.

A quality XR experience that operates in real time and streams without jitter is possible thanks to 5G and multi-access edge computing (MEC). 5G gives you ultra-fast connectivity with ultra-low latency. MEC enables you to do the computing in the cloud or wherever it’s needed while keeping your data within your facility. It’s faster and more secure than sending data potentially long distances for processing in a data center. With this kind of power, your imagination may be the only limit.

Virtually every industry can take advantage the benefits of extended reality applications. This technology is used to provide immersive training that can cut the ramp up time to learn a new process or skill. It’s also used in day-to-day tasks to bridge the distance between your employees as well as your business and clients. XR expands what’s possible for innovation. For example, in manufacturing, it can be used to connect remote technicians or for digital twin technology. And in healthcare, XR enables doctors to provide care that’s not limited to an in-person patient visit.

Take a look at some of the XR solutions we’ve implemented. We hope you’ll be inspired. Read Seeing is Believing in The Washington Post and picture your next competitive edge.