Connected Consumer Technologies

Empowering Brands That Are Connecting the World

Comprehensive, worldwide Jabil services enable companies selling connected devices to anticipate market trends and bring innovative products to market faster. Jabil customers are the disruptors, not the disrupted, in their respective markets.

Connected products — consumer electronics, appliances, and everything mobile — are making up the ever-expanding Internet of Things (IoT). Consumers think, act, and buy while actively connected to their friends, family, and work. If they take a picture, they want to share. If they travel, they want real-time traffic conditions. To compete in the IoT age, designers, regardless of the product, need to consider:

  • Bluetooth, WiFi, and GPS connectivity — cameras feed video to mobile users via home networks, printers signal paper and ink outages, and medical devices such as insulin pumps communicate with both patients and providers.
  • Sensor capabilities — smartphone screens dim when held to the ear (proximity) or used in the dark (light), cars detect other cars, and game consoles will soon monitor facial expressions.
  • Simplicity and style — intuitive interfaces with seamless reliability are the standard, and a fashionable look-and-feel can be a product’s competitive edge.
  • Sustainability — consumers are aware of environmental and social factors and buy accordingly with over 50% of millennials buying products consistent with their social and cultural beliefs.

These devices typically use antennas, power sources, and other elements mounted in a wide variety of materials such as glass, textiles, plastics, and ceramics. They require custom, innovative design and precision manufacturing using advanced automation techniques. With high-volume connected consumer items, the pressure to bring a product to market rapidly is enormous. The supply chain, from material management through shipping, must perform flawlessly to return profits while volumes soar and prices fall.

Jabil Capabilities

At Jabil, we recognize the unrelenting acceleration in the pace of change, and that uncertainty and risk abound in both mature and emerging markets. To ensure customers’ sustained growth, Jabil simplifies these complexities by providing end-to-end product development with comprehensive value-added engineering services.

With operations in over 90 sites in 23 countries, we’ve designed and built automotive accessories, cameras and printers, gesture-recognition modules, set-top boxes, and mobile devices for leading global brands and new disruptive players. We build these and other vertically-integrated solutions on a foundation of:

  • Product strategy and conceptualization — research, branding, user experience, and industrial design
  • Rapid prototyping — results in hours, not weeks
  • Design engineering — product design and engineering
  • Materials technology — molding and tooling, visual and complex mechanics
  • Process innovation — advanced manufacturing, assembly, and test processes
  • Automation — high-efficiency, complex, and high-tolerance process robotics
  • Design verification and test development — production test development, meticulous failure analysis, and reliability testing

Jabil test platforms optimize final assembly, test, and pack (FATP) processes from firmware programming and board test through customization, labeling, and packaging.

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