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While the device costs have fallen significantly, the content is expensive. And that may slow adoption, especially for specific industries. What Participants Think About half of the "Wearables for the Service Industry" presentation featured participant feedback. Here's some of what they had to say: ➜ What does field service get from wearable technology? Better productivity and more efficient documentation were mentioned most frequently. ➜ How do customers benefit? Again, it comes back to the efficiencies gained, along with the ability to document issues. ➜ Are the risks worth the rewards? While most of the respondents said "yes," there were caveats, including safety concerns and flaws inherent in new technology. ➜ What tasks will be most effective with a wearable? Inspections and training were mentioned most often. Walking Assist: Reduced Fatigue While the Honda Walking Assist was initially developed for people who have disabilities, Rogoway sees applications for people who walk and bend a lot. He cites case studies that showed how a production worker could bend and lift without hurting the back, and another that showed reduced fatigue in a worker whose job demanded a lot of walking or climbing stairs. "It is more of a self-assisted device," Rogoway said. "You might walk totally fine, but use it to glide upstairs." HOWARD The Device Within IS IN THE HOUSE. It may seem a bit far out, but the next curve is beyond devices that are worn-and into those that are embedded. Google is making contacts that can calculate glucose levels for people with diabetes. In general, though, Rogoway doesn't see his company touching that area. "It scares me," he said. "But it is interesting the amount of chips that you could put in your body at some point. It would be similar to wellness watching." Other, more practical applications exist for pest companies' use of technology, he believes. Drones may be coming soon. The Internet of Things, in which connected devices communicate with each other or the internet, is just around the corner. Rogoway believes the next pest disruptor may be in smart traps. "I think we'll be there in the next couple of years," he said. "It is something that we really have to consider when it comes to developing new technology: a relatively low cost of entry and benefits for the customer. We know that some of the wearable technology is not there yet and we're not ready to add the glasses or watches. But it is coming at us very fast." Florida lawn & turf pros now offer pest control products. Quality products & customer service Effective solutions for all your needs Backed by our name & reputation This article was reprinted from the July/August 2016 issue of NPMA's PestWorld magazine. 12 September | October 2016 752199_Howard.indd 1 www.pestperspectives.com | www.flpma.org 17/06/15 1:35 AM http://www.howardfertilizer.com http://www.pestperspectives.com http://www.flpma.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016

Presidential Perspective
FPMA in Paradise 2016 Highlights
Wearable Technology
Drivers and Your Fleet Safety Program
FPMA Corner
Controlling Virus-Spreading Mosquitoes
Operational Excellence
Marketing Matters
Advertiser Index
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Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - Presidential Perspective
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Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - FPMA in Paradise 2016 Highlights
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - 9
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - Wearable Technology
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Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - 12
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - Drivers and Your Fleet Safety Program
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Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - FPMA Corner
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - Controlling Virus-Spreading Mosquitoes
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Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - 22
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - Operational Excellence
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Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - 26
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - Marketing Matters
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Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - Advertiser Index
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