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.

Background

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

Angela Darrow

Angela Darrow

Director of Product Marketing

As Director of Product Marketing, Angela is responsible for revenue growth and member retention for the AREA. She develops and executes marketing and communication strategies and tactics across multiple channels. Angela has extensive experience in B2B, B2C, and Associations serving IT/IS professionals internationally across numerous industries, including finance, healthcare, and legal.   Her extensive experience in integrated marketing communications, market research, and product management is driven by a passion for emerging technologies and collaborating with leaders in IT/IS

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

Rachel  provides part time support to the AREA promoting news, research, events and connecting Augmented Reality thought leaders globally via Twitter and LinkedIn.

With a background in Business and IT Lecturing and an MSc in Elearning & Multimedia, Rachel has been supporting Technology businesses including The AREA online since 2015.

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.

The 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

Being part of an international coalition helps networking and possible future international expansion. AR is currently advancing rapidly and we’re keen to keep up to date on the most recent technological advances. We’re interested to see how companies on the customer side have leveraged AR in their business and to learn more about AR business models to refine our own value proposal. The AREA research and tools are potentially valuable assets for us.

Stereoscape

The AREA unites the AR community with focus on the enterprise sector, in which we see the driver for growth and maturity of XR. We believe that Holo-Light can contribute to that eco-system with expertise in AR software development, engineering use cases and technology enabling the streaming of all XR applications.

Luis Bollinger
Luis Bollinger Co-Founder - Holo-Light

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

We appreciate all the work, which has already been done in R&D and think that the combination of market insights of all members will bring us closer to mass adoption and rollouts in the enterprise sector.

Luis Bollinger
Luis Bollinger Co-Founder - Holo-Light

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

The activities throughout the year including workinars, committees, podcasts and events are a remarkable platform for all companies with interest in XR, not only giving us the chance to present ourselves, but also shape the future of XR. We see the AREA as a platform, cross-linker and companion in the world of XR and believe that we can achieve much more as a community.

Luis Bollinger
Luis Bollinger Co-Founder - Holo-Light

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