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The Advantages Of A Smartwatch for Business Use

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Published on 06 September, 2020

With every passing year, technology is evolving by leaps and bounds, transforming how people live their lives. Things that were unimaginable in the past are now part of daily life thanks to technological advances.

Take the example of smartwatches. Smartwatches are highly advanced technological devices that users can wear on their wrists to access several features related to their health and personal life. Such devices have revolutionized the concept of traditional wristwatches and added functionality with style.

In the past few years, wearable technology has seen a massive rise in popularity among the masses worldwide. It is safe to say that smartwatches and fitness trackers have made people’s personal lives more convenient, and it may become a game-changer for businesses as well.

What are the features and benefits of smartwatches?

As mentioned earlier, wearable technology is the latest trend, and different manufacturers are flooding the market with their offerings. From cheap, rudimentary fitness trackers to premium state-of-the-art smartwatches, you can find options according to your liking.

Here are a few features that popular smartwatches provide -

  • Fitness features (Step Count, Calorie Tracker, etc.)
  • Health tracking features (Heart Rate sensor, Blood Oxygen Tracker, Stress monitor, etc.)
  • Operating system support (Wear OS by Google, WatchOS by Apple)
  • Smartphone App support (Android, Apple)
  • Bluetooth, WiFi, NFC, and LTE connectivity
  • Support for answering calls and messages
  • High-Resolution Display
  • Dust and water resistance
  • Long battery life
  • Sleek Design

With such unique and sophisticated features, smartwatches allow users access to various personal and health data without the need to turn on their smartphones. Many apps in both Google Play Store and Apple app store support different smart wearable devices, enhance user experience and make life more convenient.

Smartwatches: The Next Big Thing For Companies

With all the convenient features that smartwatches provide, they can be of great use to companies and their employees as well.

Smartwatches can be used by companies to track employee data and monitor their behavior in the workplace. They can help employees stay healthy, fit, and productive at work.

Workplace Productivity - With features like push notifications, smartwatches can help employees be informed about the latest news, stock trends, meeting dates, emails, and more. Also, through smart reminders, smartwatches can help employees prioritize tasks throughout the day. This way, employees can easily be updated, keep track of their daily tasks, and be more productive at work.

By integrating a smartwatch into their workday, employees can manage their time more effectively. With a smartwatch, employees can set reminders, track their physical activity, or respond to emails on the go. With mobile payment options included, smartwatches are more than just productivity tools - they are multifunctional accessories that can make life easier in many ways.

Employee Health - Smartwatches can allow employers to keep track of their employees’ vital data and also allow employees to be aware of their health status. With easy integration with smartphone apps, they can allow employers to run their employee wellness programs more successfully. Vantage Fit, one such employee wellness app, emphasizes on the holistic wellness of employees.

Vantage Fit is a people-first wellness app designed by Vantage Circle for enterprises. The program promotes healthier lifestyles and habits for preventive health & fitness. It comes with a framework for fitness challenges. To keep up with these fitness trends and challenges, smartwatches are a great companion.

Featuring simple yet effective features like Mood Tracker, Heart Rate Monitor, Seven Minute Workouts, Meal and Gym Diaries, Vantage Fit seeks to raise awareness towards healthy living.

They can also be used by employers to push health tips and reminders to stay healthy at work.

Employee Fitness - As mentioned in the previous point, employee health and fitness tracking is a primary offering of smartwatches. Smartwatches leverage it’s tracking sensors and update fitness data onto the fitness app it is synced with.

Convenient features like step count tracking and calorie tracking can make smartwatches the best fitness companions for employees in an organization. Employers can run exciting wellness challenges, such as a Step challenge for their employees using smartwatches, and motivate them to become more active throughout the day.

Vantage Fit also integrates seamlessly with popular fitness trackers. You can track physical activities like walking, running, and workouts.

A gyroscope sensor and GPS data are used to map outdoor activities such as runs, jogs, and evening walks. The integration of a smartwatch allows you to keep an eye on your Vantage Fit scores and updates.

With a custom-built Heart Rate Monitor, your heart rate can be tracked without the use of smartwatches or any additional devices. Vantage Fit is unique, as the step counts can be tracked without a smartwatch. Its easy integration with Google Fit and Apple Health help update your health data and stay on top of health goals.

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Integration of Apps With Smartwatches via Google Fit and Apple health

Google Fit is a fitness tracker app used primarily on Android devices. Google Fit offers seamless integration with all Android smartwatches. With a common mail id, it can be synced to various fitness apps like Vantage Fit to monitor health and fitness activities. It comprises features such as a calorie checker, distance tracker, and movement measured in minutes.

Smartwatches can be connected to fitness tracker apps via google fit integration. Users can keep track of fitness-related and other activities offered by fitness apps. For example, it allows auto-syncing of steps where the smartwatch can be connected to other step-counting apps, and you can keep up with your step count.

Watch to look out for - Google Pixel Watch, Amazfit GTS 2, and Fossil Gen 6.

Integrating Fitness Apps with smartwatches via Apple Health can enhance the user experience and allow for more accurate tracking of fitness data.

On iOS devices, including smartwatches, Apple Health provides centralized health and fitness data. VantageFit, for example, integrates seamlessly with Apple Health, making it easy to transfer fitness data from the app to the smartwatch. This integration can also provide a seamless experience for users as all of their data can be consolidated in one place.

Further, fitness apps like VantageFit can leverage the smartwatch's GPS and heart rate sensors for more accurate workout data. Through Apple Health integration, fitness apps can be integrated with smartwatches to provide a more comprehensive and personalized fitness experience.

Watch to look out for - Series of Apple Wearables

Leading Smartwatch Brands In The World

The wearable tech industry has grown significantly in the last couple of years, and worldwide sales of smartwatches are expected to increase dramatically in the next few years. Today leading tech brands, like Apple and Samsung, offer highly sophisticated smartwatches that can track almost everything. Many other companies are also jumping onto the smartwatch and fitness tracker bandwagon to provide their unique products and services.

Let us look at some of the top leading brands in the smartwatch industry -

Apple

Apple Watch
Apple smartwatch

Apple is one of the world's largest brands, and its products like the iPhone and the iMac are the benchmark for quality and reliability. Lately, it has also been setting the bar for smartwatch devices with its Apple Watch series.

With incredible features like unparalleled processing power, advanced heart-rate monitoring, and elegant design elements, the Apple Watch series stand out from the competition. Also, these watches provide the best app support, with millions of apps available in the app store.

Pros - Best-in-class performance, highly advanced heart-rate monitoring, futuristic activity-tracking features, enhanced app support, sleek and elegant design

Cons - Poor battery life, compatible only with iPhones

Watch to look out for - Apple Series 8

Fitbit

Fitbit Watch
Fitbit smartwatch

Fitbit is the brand that originally transformed the wearable device industry with its innovative fitness trackers. While it focuses mainly on fitness trackers, it has recently entered the smartwatch market, offering a wide range of smartwatches suitable for both men and women alike.

Fitbit watches are highly user-friendly and have a similar design that stays true to their roots. These watches also have very good battery life compared to other smartwatches and are renowned for their fitness and sleep tracking abilities.

Pros - Good battery life, highly user-friendly, a wide range of options

Cons - Fairly expensive, no dedicated GPS module in some variants, limited connectivity options

Watch to look out for - Fitbit Sense 2

Garmin

Garmin Smartwatch
Garmin Smartwatch

Garmin is one of the older brands in the wearable device market, offering superb fitness and health tracking features. It has a wide range of products available for people of all ages, from kids to older adults.

Fitness enthusiasts and elite athletes alike use Garmin watches. These watches are great at tracking activities with support for nearly all types of fitness activities.

Pros - A wide range of options, support for most kinds of workouts

Cons - Less user-friendly than competitors, Expensive

Watch to look out for - Garmin Fenix 7X

Samsung

Samsung Galaxy Watch
Samsung Smartwatch

Samsung is one of the global leaders in consumer electronics, and it also offers a wide range of wearable devices. The brand itself is trusted by people worldwide for its incredible support and amazing features.

Samsung smartwatches have best-in-class features and compete with Apple watches in terms of quality and user experience. The Samsung Galaxy range of smartwatches boasts of great battery life and has great design elements such as a rotating bezel.

Pros - Compatibility with Android and iOS, elegant design, offline Spotify storage, decent battery life

Cons - Limited app support

Watch to look out for - Galaxy Watch 5 Pro

Fossil

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Fossil is a reputed name in the world of watches. Their smartwatches are a perfect blend of fashion and technology. Designed to help individuals stay on top of their fitness and productivity, its activity tracking and GPS capabilities let users take control of their health and wellness.

Its smartwatch features a stylish design, customizable face, and interchangeable strap to suit any style. Fossil wearables are practical and versatile enough to be used every day.

Pros - Range of designs, Wear OS by Google, Speakers for tethered calls, and mail and text connectivity.

Cons - The battery life on some Fossil smartwatches may not last as long as desired.

Watch to look out for - Fossil Gen 6

Final Words

The popularity of wearable devices is increasing among people worldwide. Smartwatches are transforming the daily lives of people, and they are transforming the way people work in organizations.

Such devices can improve health and productivity, benefiting employees and employers. It becomes an even more powerful tool when combined with the capabilities of versatile health applications like Vantage Fit.

FAQ

What are the features of a smartwatch that are specifically designed for business use?

A smartwatch designed for business use typically includes functionality such as email and calendar integration, call and text notifications, productivity apps, and business software compatibility.

How does the smartwatch help with productivity and time management in a business setting?

With smartwatches, you can access important notifications, reminders, and calendar appointments quickly, as well as track your health, wellness, and productivity, allowing you to be more productive.

How does the smartwatch integrate with other business devices, such as smartphones and laptops?

Bluetooth connectivity allows smartwatches to communicate and share data seamlessly with other devices, that includes smartphones and laptops.

This article was penned down by Shah Alif Ahmed and Mrityunjay Paran Sahariah, who work as digital marketers and wellness technology writers at Vantage Circle. For any queries, reach out to editor@vantagecircle.com

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