The year that passed was undoubtedly a tough one for everyone, and it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that people are still adapting to the new normal. A prominent feature of 2020 was increased dependence on technology and online platforms.
By JESSICA MCFLY
Hence, the New Year has brought several promising technologies that can lead the way by enhancing how consumers and businesses experience and use in this digital world. Out of all those promising technologies, here are the seven top tech trends to discuss with you today. So, let’s get started!
1. The Next Generation of the Mobile Networks
The fifth generation of mobile internet will get you the kind of speed that most people now get from Wi-Fi. It will lead to vast improvements in the way apps are written, deployed, and interacted with by the users. It also involves the sustained growth of data-sensitive apps and the IoT (Internet of Things) – sensor-embedded physical objects that share data with and connect to the internet, autonomous vehicles, and other such projects.
Faster data transmission and increased bandwidth is a powerful catalyst for innovation. You can feel the impact of this trend in sectors as diverse as cannabis to fashion and online retail. Be it buying CBD vape juice or ordering garments online; nothing can beat the mobile technology.
2. Flourishing Telemedicine and Telehealth
The healthcare institutions are trying to bring down the exposure of patients and workers to Covid-19. Many public and private practices have started implementing more telehealth offerings like patient-doctor video chats, AI-based diagnostics, and no-contact medicine delivery. Telehealth visits increased by leaps and bounds in 2020, and the trend will continue this year.
Noticeably, several startups have found their avenue for growth in the country’s rising demand for telehealth. Several names like Eden Health and MeMD have come up to meet the needs of telemedicine. These startups will continue to bring creative solutions this year and the next.
3. The Distributed Cloud Technology in Demand
Distributed cloud is the public cloud computing service that allows you to run public cloud infrastructure in various locations. It runs not only on the cloud provider’s infrastructure and premises but also in the data centers of other cloud providers, along with third-party data centers.
The demand for distributed cloud technology brings the public cloud a lot closer to particular locations and private networks. It blurs the lines of how public cloud apps and private cloud apps interact. Thereby, the process will become seamless and have less latency. So, it will need fewer storage components, redundant data, and bandwidth.
4. The Growth of AI, Robotics, and Industrial Automation
This year, you can expect to see immense demand and faster development of AI (artificial intelligence) and industrial automation technology. As supply chains and manufacturing are coming to full operation, the serious issue of human resources shortages is also raising its head. In this situation, introducing automation with the help of robotics, artificial intelligence, and the internet of things will be the leading alternative solution for operating industrial manufacturing.
Some of the leading companies going for industry automation with robotics and AI integration are CloudMinds (USA), Preferred Networks (Japan), and Bright Machines (USA). Industrial also forms one of the keys to better production.
5. Tackling the Cyberattacks and Data Breaches
The demand for better technology for cybersecurity has always been consistent among the users. However, with the world cooped up in homes amidst the lockdown and increasing use of the online space, the number of data breaches and cybercrimes also rose in tandem. Malicious hackers exposed more than 155 million records in 2020 alone.
Thus, there is a rising focus on data-driven policing and looking for different ways to deal with cyber-attacks and data breaches. Also, make efforts to educate more people about such vulnerabilities, their impacts, and how to stay safe.
6. A rise in the Use of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality
Virtual reality and augmented reality have shown significant growth in 2020. Immersive technologies have now become a part of your everyday life, from business to entertainment.
The pandemic’s arrival has increased this technology’s adoption as businesses took to the remote working model, with collaboration and communication extending over to VR and AR. These immersive technologies are enabling incredible transformation across all sectors. Thus, AR indoor navigation, AR avatars, remote assistance, mobility VR, AR cloud, and virtual sports events will get major traction this year.
7. The Sustained Growth in the Adoption of Micro-Mobility
Though the micro-mobility market had witnessed a natural slowdown at the beginning of the pandemic, the sector has already shown signs of recovery to its pre-Covid popularity levels. The use of e-scooters and e-bikes is rising as they have become convenient transportation alternatives that meet social distancing norms.
Hundreds of miles of bike lanes are already present in the country, and 2021 will be the year when their use increases. Besides, the government’s plan to regulate petrol and diesel-fueled cars after 2030 add to micro-mobility demand.
2021 will undoubtedly be another year of innovations and the first in the tech world. Key business concerns will get proactively addressed by leveraging the current business trends, thereby leading to sustained growth. And indeed, the ones deriving the maximum benefits from this current progression of technology are the consumers.