Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance

About Us

The Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance (AREA) is the only global non-profit, member-based organization dedicated to widespread adoption of interoperable AR-enabled enterprise systems.

Augmented Reality offers tremendous potential for enterprises, promising to increase productivity, lower costs, improve safety, enable expertise to be shared more easily, and more. Whether you view it as the next computing paradigm, the key to new breakthroughs in manufacturing and service efficiencies, or the door to as-yet unimagined applications, it is clear that AR will have an unprecedented impact on enterprises of all kinds.

The AREA is working to help enterprises maximize the impact of AR by providing up-to-date resources and neutral, reliable guidance that make the path to AR adoption surer, shorter, and smoother. By identifying opportunities and challenges, disseminating information, spearheading research, promoting dialogue, and providing a forum for AR providers and enterprises, the AREA is clearing a path to interoperable AR-enabled enterprise systems that fully deliver on their promises.

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the AREA is to help companies in all parts of the ecosystem to achieve greater operational efficiency through the smooth introduction and widespread adoption of interoperable AR-assisted enterprise systems.


The Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance (AREA) was incorporated in the state of Delaware in December 2013 as a member-driven non-profit organization committed to the global advancement of Augmented Reality technology in enterprise. It emerged out of collaboration between thought leaders and early adopters of AR who share a stake in the successful expansion of a vibrant and healthy AR ecosystem to realize new revenues, cut operational costs, reduce risk to workflow, property and lives, and increase operational successes.

The charter members of the AREA originally met in the context of the AR Community activity, a global initiative begun in 2009. The AR Community (formerly the AR Standards Community) is a grassroots initiative of people who share the objectives of reducing obstacles to the development of open and interoperable AR content and experiences. The AR Community portal, mailing lists and meetings capture a global view of existing and emerging standards activities and open source projects directly or indirectly relevant to the development of open and interoperable AR. The portal catalogs existing specifications and supports the work of informal liaisons between independent standards development organizations and thought leaders in any organization that shares an interest in the growth of AR.

AREA's Staff

Mark Sage

Mark Sage

AREA Executive Director

Founder and Managing Director, Sagey11, Ltd.

Mark Sage is the founder and managing director of Sagey11 Ltd. His company provides strategic and operational consulting on marketing and business development, focusing on building lasting partnerships especially for technology start-up and scale-up companies. He has worked with and led various alliances and associations primarily in the mobile operating system space (including Tizen Association and Symbian Foundation).

With a focus on building long-term relationships and offering value and ROI for its members, his goal is to develop a robust and active ecosystem for AR within the enterprise. His background includes a strong interest in AR, VR and IoT. He is excited to work with AR customers, providers and research organizations to the benefit and growth of AR within the enterprise.

James Cassidy

James Cassidy

AREA Editor and Content Manager

Consultant, Cassidy & Co.

Jim supports the AREA by developing content strategy, authoring original and thought leadership content, editing content from members and third parties, and producing newsletters. A freelance marketing communications writer, Jim has operated his own company, Cassidy & Co., since 1990. Some of his notable writing credits include: annual reports for Biogen and PTC; executive speechwriting for EMC and Sun Life Financial; video scripting for Staples and MIT; website content for NTT DATA and Waters Corp.; and the voice-over script for C3PO in the international exhibit, Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination.

Rachel Sutcliffe

Rachel Sutcliffe

Social Media Specialist

Social Media Consultant & Trainer, Zebra Consulting Group

Rachel Sutcliffe is the Founder of Social Media Consultancy Zebra Consulting Group, Scarborough, UK. Rachel provides part time support to the AREA promoting news, research, events and connecting Augmented Reality thought leaders globally via Twitter and LinkedIn.

Having completed an MSc in Elearning & Multimedia in 2015, Rachel developed a strong interest in Social Media, made it the topic of her dissertation and subsequently set up a business to assist enterprises using social media. As a qualified IT teacher with 10 years in the education sector, Rachel now delivers training to the business community.

Her strong interest in high growth technology and its potential for business improvement is what attracted Rachel to the AREA. Drop by and say hello on Twitter and LinkedIn!

Dr. Michael Rygol

Dr. Michael Rygol

AREA Researcher

Co-founder and Managing Director, Chrysalisforge

Michael Rygol, co-founder and Managing Director of Chrysalisforge and previously VP, PLM Solution Management and VP, Visualization Solution Management at PTC is an experienced software product management leader. He has proven success of leading global teams to develop new and innovative enterprise software for thousands of industrial customers worldwide.

Angela Lang, FCMI

Angela Lang, FCMI

AREA Program Manager

Co-founder and Director, Chrysalisforge

MBA-qualified Angela Lang is co-founder and Director at Chrysalisforge with extensive experience driving global research, thought leadership, business and marketing initiatives in high profile, corporate environments across the globe. Having spent over a decade at professional services firm, PwC, she excels at stakeholder engagement and management with teams and individuals across multiple cultures and geographies and brings broad and extensive marketing experience to the table.

Angela provides part-time support to the AREA focusing on the development of web content and driving the AREA’s event presence and media partnerships with selected organisations.



What Members Think

Members Testimonials

The AREA is a thought leadership forum that we’re proud to be part of. Being a Contributor member allows us to engage constructively in industry discussions and receive feedback from other market leaders.

Vivek Aiyer
Vivek Aiyer Founder / Director - Appearition Pty Ltd

Augmenting the human in an industrial setting is of strategic importance to contextere and the AREA is the only organization combining both augmented reality and enterprise interests.

Carl Byers
Carl Byers Chief Strategy Officer - Contextere

Our participation as an AREA charter member offers us options to reduce the barriers to AR adoption across our industry.

Paul Davies
Paul Davies Associate Technical Fellow - Boeing

The world of AR is developing rapidly. It is very difficult for a single institution to stay fully abreast of an exponentially expanding sector. By connecting with the AREA, the AMRC with Boeing and Nuclear AMRC will have access to a single point of resource, enabling us to be better informed, and stay at the forefront of the technology.

Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman Head of Digitally Assisted Assembly - AMRC

When the MTC began exploring AR, the AREA was one of the first websites we found. It was filled with valuable information. If you want to be serious about AR, you have to be in the AREA.

David Varela
David Varela Advanced Visualisation Team Lead - MTC

At Proceedix, we are committed to building a strong and active AR ecosystem that delivers effective solutions to enterprises worldwide. Our participation in the AREA will advance that commitment.

Peter Verstraeten
Peter Verstraeten CEO - Proceedix

The consolidation of the ecosystem around products, markets and standards has been the hallmark of mass adoption with any new and emerging technology. The AREA has been the torchbearer building the ecosystem required to widely scale augmented reality inside of enterprise. I have personally been part of AREA since the very beginning and now, at RealWear, look forward too many more years of collaboration!

Andy Lowery
Andy Lowery CEO - RealWear

EyeSucceed understands that the AR ecosystem needs to share knowledge to advance the industry and promote adoption. We believe that participating in the AREA gives us the best opportunity to do that.

Jennifer Tong
Jennifer Tong Co-founder - EyeSucceed

At Iristick, we're passionate about creating wearables that truly meet industry needs. By participating in AREA we get the opportunity to work directly with customers and partners enabling us to create the best solution possible.

Johan de Geyter
Johan de Geyter CEO - Iristick

At CrossComm, we believe Augmented Reality has the potential to transform how we interact with the world around us, but it will require the collective vision and collaboration of pioneers to determine practical solutions and best practices within this new computing paradigm. The AREA is a community that fosters such collaboration – and we are proud to be working alongside other members to see AR reach its fullest potential.

Don Shin
Don Shin President and CEO - CrossComm

The AREA is the place where we keep abreast of the latest developments and innovations in enterprise AR, from research & development to use cases and business models.

Vivek Aiyer
Vivek Aiyer Founder / Director - Appearition Pty Ltd

At Pison, we believe it’s vital for members of the AR ecosystem to work together to accelerate solutions development. We are excited to partner with global industry leaders to create and deploy the next generation of AR.

Dexter Ang
Dexter Ang CEO - Pison

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