The Coronavirus Pandemic has augmented some major technology trends such as telehealth, digital payments, and robotics.
These technologies can literally assist in alleviating the spread of Covid-19 to help businesses survive the current tough phase.
Technology is one such aspect that helps the community become more resilient in the era of Pandemic and other such threats.
In the current Pandemic epoch, technologies are playing a vital role to keep our community functional and these technologies are likely to have a long-lasting influence beyond Coronavirus. The following are the technological trends that can assist in developing a robust community along with considerations about their impact on the survival of businesses. Technology can guide you in doing business, producing goods, learning, seeking medical help as well as it can keep you entertained.
Online Shopping and Machine Deliveries
At the time of the SARS outbreak in 2002, the business witnessed tremendous growth in online marketplace platforms. In the same manner, Covid-19 has transformed online shopping a must-have option around the globe. The online shopping system needs to be supported by robots and artificial intelligence as in-person delivery is not at all virus-proof. Till the robot delivery come in practice, the companies should have a strict adherence to safety protocols while delivering goods.
Contactless Payment System
Mobile wallets are of great use to ensure a contactless payment system to avoid the spread of Covid-19. This kind of payment system would help people to buy goods and services without having to pay personally by completely avoiding physical contact to survive in the current Pandemic era. This kind of approach heavily relies on the internet connection to transform cash into the digitalized arrangement.
Many institutions are now offering online courses so that people can learn something new while sitting at home. Also, school and college teachers are providing online classes to impart education to students even in this current complex situation. This proved that technologies play a big role to ensure distance learning or e-learning and some of those helpful technologies include augmented reality, virtual reality, artificial-intelligence enabled robot teachers, and so on.
Now, companies have asked their employees to work from home and remote work is only possible with the help of technologies such as virtual private networks (VPNs), online conference meetings, cloud technologies, VoIP (voice over internet protocols), work collaboration tools, facial recognition technologies and so on. Remote work is a great alternative that helps in saving commute time and offers more flexibility to ensure higher productivity of employees.
In contrast to this, remote work imposes some challenges to both employers and employees as privacy, information security and timely tech support can be a major issue. Also, employees can witness loneliness and difficulty in ensuring work-life balance. Since the remote work is the only option for the current situation and so employees need to overcome these issues and should ensure greater productivity while they are working from home.
Online entertainment apps and streaming sites have gained utmost popularity as people are unable to go out. Most of the people are spending their spare time using these streaming apps and binge-watching different series on apps like Netflix, Prime, Hotstar, and so on. In addition to this, museums and international heritage sites are offering virtual tours to keep people entertained. There has also been a gush of online gaming since the virus outbreak.
Telehealth is a really great technique to comprehend the spread of Covid-19 as wearable IoT devices can easily track vital signs. For instance, Chatbots can help recognize initial diagnoses as per the symptoms determined by patients.
Robotics and Drones
Covid-19 has made us all realize how heavily we are dependent on human interactions to make things work. In the current scenario, labor-intensive businesses are the worst hit including manufacturing, logistics, retail, and so on. This has given a great push to perform research on robotics and even, drones are used in many activities these days where human presence was required in the earlier times. It is estimated that various manufacturing jobs will be substituted by robots in the near future. To embrace the upcoming change, policies must be incorporated to give adequate training and social welfare to the labor force.
The significance of digital readiness
Covid-19 has demonstrated that we require digital readiness in the current era to allow businesses and personal lives to continue as usual without any major impact. Technologies play a crucial role in this and the above-mentioned technological trends highly depend on high-speed and stable internet and steps must be taken to ensure these two things to help society become digital-ready.
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