The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated people’s lives and lifestyles worldwide. The government has placed lockdowns in order to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
In many companies, work from home is a new truth, as they continue to survive during these difficult times.
Schools and colleges are holding online classes to complete their syllabus, social distance is the new standard in grocery stores and E-commerce companies are making COVID-safe deliveries to their customers.
Communication technology offers solutions in this new reality to overcome some of the challenges that the pandemic is posing.
In addition to concerns about their effects on how we do business, how we can trade how we work, how we look for medical solutions, and how we entertain ourselves.
Here are 10 technology trends that help our society overcome new challenges:-
This is possible that face-to-face meetings and ‘huddles’ will have to be redefined along with lockdowns and travel limitations.
Industry in digital meetings will experience again. Programs such as Zoom and Google Meet have already seen a sudden spurt among consumers.
From meetings of only 4-5 attendees to massive international conferences and workshops of thousands of participants all have migrated online.
5G and Information and Communications Technology
As the demand for faster and higher bandwidth systems increases it results in remote functioning, 5G, which is the next-generation system built with “service-based” architecture, which can be embraced faster.
Although 5G has shown its value in remote monitoring and healthcare consultation, 5G’s implementation in Europe is delayed at a time when the technology would be most needed.
AI and machine learning can use data to make rational and informed decisions and to help ensure as effectively as possible that limited resources are distributed.
This will save lives and will contribute to raising the pressure on health care facilities and practitioners. It will also help to figure out which patients who are infected are more likely to suffer from COVID-19.
This will offer more reliable risk ratings for patients that can help health practitioners assess when and who needs immediate care.
Machine learning methods can help assess the most appropriate treatment plan for each particular patient based on observational data about previous patients, including their characteristics and prescribed treatments.
Digital and Contactless Payments
Cash may carry the virus, so central banks in China, the US, and South Korea have placed in place a number of steps to ensure that banknotes are clean prior to circulation.
Now, contactless digital payments, whether in the form of cards or e-wallets, are the preferred mode of payment to prevent COVID-19 spreading.
Digital payments allow people to make goods, services, and even utility payments electronically, as well as collect stimulus funds faster.
Healthcare used to be a high-touch field with a lot of personal contacts but now it feels like it’s almost become a requirement.
COVID-19 is pressuring companies to find out how they can communicate with their consumers without meeting them directly and introduce these innovative technologies at unparalleled speeds.
Telehealth can be an effective way to reduce COVID-19 spread while still providing essential primary care. Personal Wearable IoT devices can monitor vital signs.
Chatbots may render an initial diagnosis based on the patient-recognized symptoms.
Although quarantine steps dramatically decreased in-person interactions, human ingenuity has taken the group online.
Cloud raves and online concert streaming have gained popularity across the globe. Digital tours are provided at museums and cultural heritage sites.
Online gaming traffic has also been going up since the outbreak.
Supply Chain 4.0
The pandemic COVID-19 has caused threats to the global supply chain. Some factories are absolutely shut down, with distancing and quarantine orders.
Although the demand for food and personal protective equipment is soaring, some countries have placed various levels of export bans on those products.
This lack of data visibility and lack of diversity and versatility have made current processes in the supply chain vulnerable to any pandemic.
These are some core technologies such as Big Data, cloud computing, Internet-of-Things, and blockchain which are creating a more robust supply chain management network for the future by improving data quality and promoting data sharing.
A big chunk of academia has gone to the internet. Online courses are run through video conferencing through colleges, schools, and training centers.
Dedicated education programs, as students study theories on their cell phones, have seen a massive spurt in development.
Robotics and Drones
Due to COVID-19, we realized how much we depend on human experiences to make things work. The main areas which got drastically affected by the pandemic are labor-intensive businesses like retail, food, manufacturing, and logistics.
COVID-19 received a powerful drive to deploy robot usage and robotics work. The robots have been used in recent weeks to disinfect areas and deliver food to those in quarantine.
Satellite-based asset tracking solutions
There will be a rise in remote asset monitoring solutions at several locations around the country where mobile network coverage is patchy.
This is because, in these regions, movable objects like trains, buses, fishing boats, etc. travel continuously.
The satellite link will be used to transmit and receive data from a central control location in the absence of mobile network connectivity.
Due to the above-mentioned points, we are now well known about how COVID-19 has shown the value of digital transformation, which enables business and life to proceed as normal throughout pandemics as much as possible.
Building the infrastructure required to sustain a digitized world and stay up-to-date with the latest technologies will be necessary for each and every company, as well as taking a human-centric and inclusive approach to technology governance.