The Emerging Trends Providing Information, Intelligence, and Business Solution
IoT applications kept the world spinning and connected through 2020. Without the Internet of Things, the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic would have been unimaginable. Though the pandemic forced businesses into implementing IoT applications faster than they were prepared for, the benefits are proving too good to reverse.
In this article we look at the emerging trends for IoT applications for 2021. The ability to forecast how best to implement IoT applications in your workplace is crucial. You should be better placed to understand your hiring needs, and onboard the talent you need to stay ahead of your competition this year and into the future.
1. Digital Healthcare
The traditional methods of progression on healthcare relied heavily on controlled environments of volunteers for medical examination, with remnants of data. But the IoT and digital healthcare turn this reactive approach into proactive, through data analytics, real-world information, and real-time field testing.
Surgical advances are being made in theater, allowing surgeons to accurately locate anatomy and increase successful operating.
Outside of theater, IoT is reducing contact between patients and healthcare professionals. It is also minimizing PPE disposal by improving connectivity between colleagues instead of entering and re-entering surgical areas.
Telehealth is creating quick, consistent, and convenient access to healthcare for patients. Healthcare facilities maximizing their wireless connectivity will allow providers to focus on patients and services.
2. Automating Industries
Automation provides simplicity, higher productivity, and greater quality in outcomes. With the repetitive tasks removed from a workforce, skilled individuals can focus on completing the critical, fundamental tasks that automation can’t.
Safety, quality, cybersecurity, and workflow can all be streamlined, monitored, analyzed, and protected through automation.
Businesses who implement automation into their processes will have a more engaged, more productive workforce with much greater return on investment.
3. Efficiency of Supply Chains
Supply chains came under heavy strain through the pandemic and other global issues, causing havoc in the receiving of products and materials. Businesses have reacted by simplifying their supply chain. They have sought to source locally to reduce risk, and are incorporating IoT to aid working processes through twinning and 5G:
- Twinning: collection of data that creates a digital twin, improving traceability of required maintenance on a process or machinery.
- 5G: vastly improved access to data allowing businesses to reach new performance heights and make effective business decisions and business strategy. Using automation will ensure correct analysis of data and content interpretation through AI and cognitive capture.
4. Smarter Cities
IoT applications are enabling governmental institutions to improve public safety, transportation, and planning through data collection, monitoring, and analysis.
It’s also providing ways to discover intelligent solutions to traffic congestion and potential development that otherwise would’ve gone undetected. For example, Singapore is using the Smart Nation Sensor Platform to analyze and share data from connected devices. Such artificial intelligence combined with 5G is unveiling a whole new world of innovation.
5. Smarter Workplaces
Though many businesses are currently operating remotely, offices will still accommodate much of the business world as we emerge through the pandemic. With IoT they’re becoming smarter and more efficient through applications that:
- Improve resource efficiency
- Improve environmental issues with smart lighting and energy usage
- Enhance employee safety
- Monitor sensor-enabled space utilization/activity in high-traffic areas
Such issues are of huge importance to employees in light of the pandemic, and as environmental issues must become engrained in employer branding.
6. Smarter Homes
With millions of Americans shifting their workstations into their homes (and more organizations planning for a more permanent remote workforce), homes are becoming smarter. IoT applications are focused on improving:
- Connectivity – a key ingredient in today’s society
- Intelligent assistance – enhancing productivity and access to knowledge and resources
- Wireless remote control – improving productivity, efficiency, and comfort
- Environment – more energy is being consumed from homes
- Security and privacy – cybersecurity is crucial, particularly in the use of confidential filesharing
Businesses hiring should focus on how they can support their remote workers with IoT applications to enhance their work-from-home life without the comforts and essentials provided in an office.
7. Security and Blockchain
For the IoT to work effectively yet securely without being hampered by copious and constant criminal security threats, blockchain is critical. With protected transactions shared more because of the rise in remote work and global connectivity, cybersecurity is a huge issue that may be solved with blockchain technologies.
Is Your Hiring Strategy Coherent with IoT Application Trends?
You’ll need talented people across multiple tech disciplines to capitalize on these trends and implement them effectively through your business processes. Doing so will allow your organization to emerge strong and lead the way in your industry, with an onboarded, talented, and engaged workforce at its core.
Contact TotalTek today for support in discovering scalable, reliable application solutions that will see you surge into 2021.