2020 was a year businesses cannot forget for a long time. The COVID-19 pandemic, climate change events, political upheaval, and social distancing have been a few major issues of 2020 and some of the issues prolong in 2021, as well.
However, as for the tech industry, fruitful innovations and ideas started to emerge in 2020. And that is all because of the surge in remote working and e-commerce activities that gave a boost to a lot of remote tech options, which weren’t so common before.
The Tech Trends Businesses Cannot Ignore in 2021
The increase in remote work demanded technology that can also help in keeping a company’s confidential data secure and private.
Apart from that, the demand for telehealth also subsequently increased during the Coronavirus outbreak.
However, many of the issues that were handled last year have made their way to 2021.
While we cannot celebrate what happened last year but we also cannot let go of the beneficial lessons to follow this year.
Considering this, companies are also thinking of acquiring new policies, behavior, and preferences while taking their company goals forward.
Here is what we have seen so far and are expecting to see:
Internet of Behavior
The use of data and technology to change how people behave is called the Internet of Behavior.
The technology used to determine how a person is going to behave was a more overtaken concept during the Coronavirus outbreak.
That is because the government and authorities used this concept to monitor people and their habits to wear masks through video monitoring.
Apart from this, radiofrequency identification and techniques of positional sensors were applied to check whether people are socially distancing or not.
The more common tools in this regard were thermal sensors.
Thermal sensors are used to help monitor the temperature of people in public.
However, the technologies that have emerged using the concept of Internet of Behavior can do more than just managing pandemics.
Apple Health and Fitbit are already using the Internet of Behavior to track people’s approach to fitness amid the pandemic. In turn, it will help them to track and improve fitness values of their customers.
Keeping this in mind, it is highly likely that national park authorities are going to use Internet of Behavior to prevent uncontrolled smoking, campfires and also help reduce the risk of forest fires.
This brings us to the conclusion that we will see more use of Internet of Behavior to produce tools that help in managing life in a post-Coronavirus world.
The unseasonal and powerful storms and controllable forest fires made highlights in 2020.
All that could go wrong in the world happened in a year and eventually gave a push to ideas that can help save the remaining health and safety on this planet.
While people understood the importance of essentials such as high-speed internet service and cable TV options from Cox Cable and similar reliable providers and also adjusted to remote working, they also realized the importance of environment control.
Technology companies have taken steps to make sure they do something for the environment.
Microsoft is going carbon free, which means that the company will actively remove the carbon dioxide emission produced by them.
While it is a bold step from the company that makes millions of devices, the government is still unbothered by the current environmental condition of the planet.
The good news is that not only Microsoft but Intel is also making an effort towards a positive climate change.
Intel is currently working on restoring marine habitats.
Moreover, Intuit, maker of TurboTax and QuickBooks has also pledged to go completely carbon free by 2030.
Fighting Toxic Behavior
The internet is full of people that love behaving toxic online.
From Twitter to Twitch, YouTube Comments to Facebook, these people are scattered everywhere.
Verbal abuse on social media platforms has become common.
While a lot can be blamed on the social media companies that take minimum measures to curb this negative behavior online, but the subscription model is also to blame.
Companies, however, are now taking a stand against toxic behaviors online.
Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft are actively trying together to ban online toxicity.
A lot is going to come from the mighty tech brands. And we are all here for the goodness.