IoT tech will help us better navigate 2021

The trends in IoT (Internet of Things) are rapidly advancing the development of businesses.

As the world reeled in shock and was pushed into isolation from the novel coronavirus that swept the world in a matter of days, they underlined the importance of technology for business.

We, as a society, have become reliant on technology to speed up our lives (both professionally and in personal capacities), and IoT developers have seen their work thrust into the limelight in 2020.

For 2021, there are several key innovations to look out, research your specific industry and line of business to master your field and stay on top of the latest trends and technological developments. Shopping for new tech for your home or business is an intimidating and scary idea for many. Knowledge is power: read about electronic companies and from ShopTo customer experiences for deeper insights and helpful tips from people who’ve done exactly what you’re wanting to do.

The hottest trends in IoT right now are:

1) Network Connectivity:

The biggest talking points in technology surround 5G and Wi-Fi. While COVID-19 has slowed the installation of 5G technology in most countries, it hasn’t dampened the industry’s developers and designers to create an array of 5G-enabled devices. Stronger, faster, and more secure Wi-Fi systems are being rolled out too, making for incredible speeds that allow near-seamless access to offices, production facilities, and to operating systems no matter where in the world you connect.

2) Healthcare Applications:

It comes as no surprise that companies are turning their attention to medical and healthcare products. The ravages of COVID-19 and other illnesses that continue to plague our world, and the strict measures in place in many parts of the world, tele-health is now a ‘thing’ in 2020 and will be a major technology in 2021 as more and more people and medical industry professionals adopt this technology.

Digital health devices are becoming smarter thanks to the IoT of the technology, and this is also driving the growth of other medical fields for improved at-home care, medical assessments, and more.

3) Work From Home:

The upside to Work From Home (WFH) has made many companies realize that their expensive office buildings, multiple satellite offices, and non-production properties aren’t as necessary as they seemed. Thanks to fast fibre and smart offices, Work From Home offers the same levels of productivity as from office-based work.

Of course, that doesn’t sound the death knell for the office buildings and real estate. Companies will need to be smarter in the future. As with many homes, smart technology can help companies to reduce their costs through the utilization of smart lighting technology, greater energy-saving infrastructure assets, and even in-office smart healthcare systems for early warning of symptoms and the like. The technology exists now; it is only a matter of time until companies roll them out to bring employees back to their offices in safer and smarter ways.

4) Location:

Have you ordered a meal from a food-delivery app? Nearly the whole of Britain has at least done so once. As simple as those apps are, they do have complex software at their core. This allows for greater location-based awareness. Think of ride hailing apps for this, too. The next wave of location-based technology will focus on reducing queues, groups of people in confined spaces, and more contactless services.

As restrictions ease up, we still need to be aware of the potential of infections from COVID-19, but these location-based apps will be able to help us avoid standing in long queues, collecting in large groups, and drive forward yet more contactless options for shopping, checking in, and more.