The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the most significant technological trends that has emerged in recent years. But why so?
This is explained by the fact that, although the word “Internet” originally referred to the creation of extensive computer networks, today devices of all sizes and shapes – from kitchen appliances to large industrial machines – are connected and able to share data digitally on a global scale. However, as with all aspects of our lives, the global Covid – 19 pandemic has undoubtedly affected the development and trends of the Internet of Things. In a world where contact between people is still limited, devices, tools, and machines can help us stay united. Whether it is the possibility of communication, the possibility of exchanging information, or the functioning of your business by transforming it into an online environment. These technologies provide us with Plan B.
But how will the development of IoT change in 2021 with everything that happens?
Investment in the development of IoT healthcare solutions
From telemedicine to automated home help for the elderly and disabled, smart portable devices and sensors will change the way healthcare is delivered. These devices will also be used to reduce unnecessary contact in situations where the risk of viral contamination is particularly high, such as in care facilities and infectious disease departments. A great example of how the ongoing pandemic has accelerated the development of technology-driven healthcare transformation is that there is already a large increase in online doctor visits, which means that instead of physically going to the doctor, the patient can apply, for example, to GoogleMeet or Zoom for a visit to the doctor. Sounds strange, but it is a reality that awaits us in 2021 as well, but with more advanced and innovative solutions. There could also be progress in the invention of AI (artificial intelligence) devices that can detect, for example, changes in the daily routine of older people who predominate at home, which could serve as a warning to relatives or healthcare providers that intervention is needed. This solution could also be used to determine whether the health of people in isolation is deteriorating rapidly. However, the issue of privacy and data protection is controversial here.
But what is more important – a person’s life or a person’s privacy?
Work from home IoT improvements and innovations
Working from home no longer seems new to us, encouraging a large number of people not to congregate in the office space or the city center. Or so? Besides, personalized assistants equipped with AI (artificial intelligence), such as Alexa, are also beginning to appear in global markets. It’s only a matter of time before these types of devices, applications, and virtual assistants appear in our daily lives to help us organize our day from home. This means smarter, more automated scheduling calendar tools, as well as innovations in video conferencing and virtual meeting technologies. For example, the Microsoft Virtual Stage platform already uses its Azure Kinect sensors to enable comprehensive AI-powered presentations that provide new types of presentation solutions. In situations where a company’s operations require a physical presence, as is the case in most manufacturing and industrial companies, IoT solutions are already able to offer the ability to monitor a company’s operations remotely, warning of exceptional cases where human intervention is still required.
Consequently, work from home and even corporate governance are expected to become increasingly popular in 2021 as well.
IoT solutions for retail – safer stores and supermarkets
Brick and mortar retail is an industry that has undoubtedly been hit hard by Covid – 19. As we have already seen in the first wave of the pandemic, and even now, many outlets have closed down as their businesses move to the online environment. However, shops supplying necessities such as food and medicine needed to remain open to meet the basic needs of the local population. As a result, it is no wonder that various types of new fully automated online stores like Amazon will soon appear, which will supply not only clothing and furniture but also all kinds of necessities, eliminating the need for insignificant human interaction. How will people pay for these goods? The trend towards non-cash payments is already gaining momentum, thus offering new methods and solutions in the future, resulting in us becoming a “non-cash society.” Other solutions that are worth talking about are customer movement tracking in stores. This is linked, as mentioned above, to the consideration of the quantity of production required, its replenishment, or placement.
The concept of the “smart city” has become increasingly popular in recent years, with IoT technologies enabling the monitoring of traffic on road networks, the use of public transport, the density of populated areas, waste collection and recycling processes, and more. Likewise, smart IoT meters are no longer new, appearing more and more in apartments and homes, and optimizing energy and water consumption. Thus, over the next year, we can expect an increase in investment in digital capacity building in municipal institutions to automate as much as possible not only property management but also the development of different types of security measures models and strategies. Starlink Development