In this article, we will discuss the top predictions for IoT and digital transformation in 2021. Read on to learn more.
IoT Digital Transformation
The year 2020 surely changed everyone’s life in more ways than one. But the major factor is that most people are unsure about the future.
The global crisis also pushed back most of our plans. It also certainly affected the whole economy.
But, it seems like digital transformation is exempted from the unfortunate events. If anything, this strategy saw growth during this time. How so?
It became possible with the support from advanced technologies like artificial intelligence and the Internet of THings.
Now that we are in the new normal, what are the latest trends and predictions in the IoT?
Top Predictions for IoT in 2021
More IoT connected healthcare solutions
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals had to think of ways to accept patients without putting their health at risk.
Many people who stay at home now need advanced and connected healthcare solutions. So doctors can still manage illnesses and monitor their patients.
That’s why healthcare institutions continued to look for ways by implementing technology. In fact, the worldwide market of IoT in half care is estimated to be worth $136.8 billion by 2021.
Today, there are many IoT devices that health professionals use. For example, we see a rise in wearable devices and sensors. There are even smart beds that help doctors and nurses check patients in remote locations.
No doubt, the crisis has aided its market expansion. But, we also expect challenges ahead.
For one thing, security is going to be an issue in internet-connected devices.
Security will be the prime focus in IoT
As mentioned above, security is a big threat. Internet-connected devices are at risk for attacks. Unfortunately, many of these devices have outdated software, weak passwords, for even open APIs.
Normally, IoT devices handle huge amounts of data. And that can even include sensitive information of users.
For starters, these data are vulnerable to theft. But what’s worse is that it can pose a threat to the patient’s life. For instance, it can be dangerous if the medical device is a pacemaker and gets hacked.
Connected transportation IoT solutions
IoT will not only be a big thing in the healthcare industry. In the transportation space, it’s already a huge success. Reports also state that it’s estimated to reach 270.95 billion by 2026.
For example, we can see IoT devices in the following areas of transportation:
- Traffic management systems
- Inventory management systems
- Telematics systems
- Security and surveillance
Better workforce management through IoT digital transformation
The pandemic certainly accelerated how companies use different technologies. With this growing trend, companies can optimize remote workforces along with IoT.
In this year, they will adopt more IoT devices. One area that can benefit from that is the better monitoring of employees’ attendance and their scheduled task.
It will also help businesses give virtual training to employees now that they work from home. Smart devices will also help security teams to work remotely and fight cyber attacks.
The pandemic is its second year in 2021. Thus, businesses have to rely on technology for business continuity. And this need will generate more opportunities in the IoT space.
Now, we expect to see increase trust in IoT solutions. We also look forward to how it paves the way for innovation in the new normal.