Influx of wearable technology in the workplace causes security, support and bandwidth issues, says new Ipswitch survey

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Almost half (49 per cent) of IT professionals are running networks that have smart watches connecting to them via Wi-Fi. Forty-three per cent have fitness bands connecting, almost a fifth (17 per cent) have health monitoring devices and 12 per cent have recording and photography gear.

Only seven per cent of all respondents say that their company provides wearable technology to its own workers. This is despite a quarter (25 per cent) of IT professionals saying in a similar survey in October 2014 that they expected to introduce wearable technology within the next year.

However, when asked if they had IT policies in place to manage the impact of wearable technology, over two thirds (69 per cent) did not and only one fifth (21 per cent) did have such a policy. This compares to almost three quarters (73 per cent) who said they had no policy in place in last year’s survey.

‘Wearable technology might be convenient for the user, but our survey shows that it’s the IT professionals who get inconvenienced by supporting more devices and worrying about security breaches,’ said Alessandro Porro, vice president of international at Ipswitch.

‘Fortunately, IT pros can be better prepared to deal with Apple Watches and Fitbits when they have the proper tools to provide total visibility into network traffic and bandwidth utilisation. A clear picture of what is happening helps to ensure that wearable technology isn’t going to affect network or application performance.’

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