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IoT's Potential: 3 Major 2021 Predictions

By CIOReview | Friday, January 15, 2021

Post-COVID-19 healthcare will be driven by visual wellness experiences that will increase the efficacy of virtual treatment. The ease of home surveillance will stimulate customer appreciation and curiosity in digital health technologies as they gain more visibility into their health.

FREMONT, CA: It is uncertain when offices will be re-opened, whether remote work becomes normal, along with other traditional lifestyle habits that shifted drastically during the coronavirus pandemic. But the reasons that demanded rapid digital transformation and accompanying machining were merely surface coating.

In 2021, the industry's growth will be powered by smart workplaces, remote asset control, and emerging networking technology.

Smart Office

COVID-19 remains a global plague, and study forecasts that smart computer vendors will double their healthcare efforts. Nevertheless, COVID-19 caused many sick people to stay at home or postpone the necessary treatment. This aspect left chronic illnesses unmanaged, tumors undetected, and preventable conditions unnoticed.

The financial consequences of this are essential for customers, insurance insurers, hospital services, and employers. There will be an increase in interactive and proactive communication, such as wearables and cameras, which can detect the patient's wellbeing when at home. Post-COVID-19 healthcare will be driven by visual wellness experiences that will increase the efficacy of virtual treatment. The ease of home surveillance will stimulate customer appreciation and curiosity in digital health technologies as they gain more visibility into their health. Digital health device rates will become more consumer-friendly.

Remote Assets

Many workers have their current job conditions somewhere in their homes, but businesses will consider smart office strategies to transform employee engagement. Expensive corporate real estate would be a thing of the past; 48 percent of decision-makers expect a higher number of permanent remote employees due to COVID-19. It is likely that at least 80 percent of businesses to develop detailed solutions for potential workplaces, including IoT technologies to enhance employee protection and increase resource quality, such as smart lighting, electricity, resources, environmental control, and sensor-enabled room usage. Action control in high-traffic areas is required to optimize site maintenance, handle congested regions, and adjust the office's configuration for social distancing.

New Networking Technology

As with many technologies and artificial intelligence (AI), data collection would be significant. Market and employee position data would be necessary for convenience. Because of COVID-19, it is required to locate consumers and employees to deliver convenient employee and consumer service, i.e., social distances. The days of the ‘cable repair guy’ between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. are long gone. Even the four-hour window is severely restricted for delivery services, which, thanks to location, can provide consumers with real-time slots. This precision has boosted consumers' aspirations in 2021: people are fed up with lining up to go to the supermarkets and their doctor's offices. They are going to take a number and go back when it's their time.