The technological industry along with all the other industries indeed has had a troublesome year. In order to provide people with new technological innovations in such an environment wherein we are forced to work remotely, many tech companies have scratched their heads for innovations. As we are transitioning into 2021, it is expected that the IoT will bring about some new changes, to make a mark in the technological industry.
Since many IoT devices have minimal security; there is less risk of being pulled into a botnet or being hacked. Even if IoT devices are the need of the hour, the question is should their being be compromised?
The companies which are thinking of including these IoT devices are willing to take the risks into account or will tend to invest in the companies with such expertise. In the United States, HIPAA compliance is a must for IoT devices. Along with this, the software programs that interact with these devices are also necessary. Thus, the security of IoT devices becomes more vital.
It is widely known that coronavirus has hit the retail industry pretty hard. Meanwhile, the physical retail stores are not going to disappear; it is obvious for such stores to bring in far-reaching changes in themselves. The retail stores will have to bring in such changes not to survive the industry but also to compete with the online stores.
The prerequisite of retail-focused IoT devices is to support and boost operations in various ways. What can help retail stores to manage and provide better service to buyers? The solution for this is the inclusion of Inventory management, advertising and marketing, and theft prevention.
The Canadian Government has made an initiative for including an exposure monitoring app. This app alerts the user when a person has been exposed to someone infected with Covid-19.
Smart Home Offices:
The pandemic has made plenty of people to turn their homes into offices because of the remote working. This golden opportunity has been grabbed by the smart-home device manufacturers. People have been made well aware of the need for IoT products in their houses.
IoT devices such as environmental controls, smart lighting, smart appliances, and energy management devices tend to make home offices comfortable, appropriate, and maintainable. As leverage, the employees use IoT devices that help to make the work easier. Factories to be managed partly from a distance the manufacturing and industrial machinery should be connected with the internet.
When the IoT devices transmit the data to a nearby storage device instead of to the cloud then the process is called Edge computing. This data is then received, processed, and filtered by the local storage device before sending it to the cloud for storage. The advantages of edge computing are using less bandwidth, reducing latency, and speeding up applications. The applications of edge computing are likely to grow as satellite connectivity’s influence expands.
Increase In Healthcare-Focused Applications:
Given the current scenario of coronavirus pandemic, healthcare is the top priority on everyone’s mind. The IoT devices are developed for safeguarding patient and physician safety, assisting with detection and diagnosis, along with the administration of treatments. If you want to accurately track and prevent the spread of infection there is a huge possibility that the IoT devices might be used by healthcare officials.