Exploring the IoT Potential in the Post-COVID World

Introduction

The year 2020 is almost gone, we have broken the chains of lockdown but still; the danger is lurking. This year began with the unexpected pandemic that shook the world from its core. With more than 14 million global cases of COVID-19 positive, it had a great impact on the world economy. The curfews in the Gulf States, lockdowns in other countries put businesses, physical roll-outs, and maintenance to delay. Even the IoT (Internet of Things) got delayed too because of the pandemic. The world is interconnected with technological software, digital platforms like social media, and so on. Our world has become so interdependent on the internet that the threat of an internet outbreak sent chills downright.  

IoT is everywhere, not only in the online world of the internet but in another form of technology too, like smart apps, smart gadgets, and other technological tools that the public now massively relies on. Sadly, the pandemic slowed down the manufacturing, distribution, and implementation of IoT projects. Amazon is the prime example of how the online orders increased and the number of misplaced orders increased too because of disturbed supply chain flow.  

Pave ways for companies to evaluate workforce weakness 

Since the remote work began because of the lockdown, it was a first time experience for the majority of the people (besides freelancers). It means that the remote work experience disturbed the productivity workflow ratio. HR representatives needed to carefully examine and evaluate the gap that occurred in remote work. 

It was meant to ensure that the pandemic didn’t hinder the productivity levels as the risk factor was high. For instance, if an employee tested positive, then he/she would need to isolate themselves for at least 2 weeks. The absence of an employee can have a counter effect on the workflow too, so what happens if several other people are also infected by the virus at the same time? 

This could lead to a workforce shortage.

Consider this: what if the public transits temporarily stop? According to reports, a larger percentage of workers use public transit. This can lead to dire circumstances too, if workplace accessibility is hard. Keeping such factors highlighted in the document will let the companies tackle such issues. Using smart analytics, companies reopened their workplace and made preliminary adjustments following the SOPs amid the pandemic.  

This automatically highlighted the areas for improvement, a new process that must be changing, and so on. Pandemic highlighted such issues that indirectly interfered with the productivity levels and the regular workflow.  

Organizations can improvise the use of cameras in more than just way  

Companies are already prone to use the camera for security measures. Each floor, exits, and main entrances are under the surveillance eye. In current times, companies can use the cameras to make sure employees comply with the set rules for COVID-19. Companies also have the option to include AI (Artificial Intelligence) that would let people view the live cam feeds from the internet-enabled devices.  

Paris, another great example, took the initiative to launch a three-month trial of the mask-detection software for the public transits. The sole purpose was to monitor the percentage of the personnel who wore the face masks. This helped the public health officials to keep notice of how conditions were progressing.  

IoT also functions as a solution in such cases. They could identify and track the individuals who violated the space and in the case if the number of people or meet-ups surpassed the permission able numbers at public places. Such steps ensure that proper precautions are taken into account, as a remedy factor, IoT indeed can help in maintaining the required distancing for safety purposes.  

Use of analytics to explore new doorways  

The use of analytics products is always crucial for companies. Especially when it’s about complete visibility, even if the company is operating understaffed.  

For instance, virtual analytics are essential for the system to have technical tabs on the flow rate while employees maintain social distancing. In case of immediate emergencies, the data from a specialized platform can make it a lot easier to determine when a new on-site crew is required, and so on. Industrial analytics are also helpful in pandemic circumstances, for instance, smart analytics options can be focused on the meatpacking industry. This way the company assists the screening workers and visitors to stay at the top of sanitation needs. 

This helps them abide by the necessary practices to operate in these dire circumstances. For implementation, companies must have reliable data to make actionable strategies. This way company’s heads can rely on intelligent analytics to help them make an educated response and new policy to remove the problems.  

 

Waste management is the new IoT  

Smart cities are the ones taking care of the waste and eco-cycling everything that can be reused. IoT is also making its way into city life, from the streetlights to parking to technologies in the offices, it is covering your immediate surroundings. Installing smart sensors in devices helps the waste management companies to pick trash in places inaccessible to humans.  

As wireless networking technologies keep upgrading, the use of data analytics has also increased. This helped reduce the cost of the connected devices, so at this rate, the IoT market is showing promising growth even after the pandemic.  

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Being the center of the technological world for development, production, and management, IoT has induced a massive shift in the corporate world. The more use of innovative ways has led to advanced tools that help waste management companies to grow and to remove the waste materials far easier than any human ever could. To produce the technology that reduces human labor and shifts it into robotic labor has also helped reduce the number of incidents.  

Conclusion  

Pandemic has highlighted how we can make the world a better place if assisted with the technological tools in the right way. Whether it is meant for manufacturing industries to power sensors for the maintenance activities or the use of apps that help you monitor the progress of a workplace, companies can adopt IoT for smarter work.  

Author Bio: 

Enthusiast reading is what led Antonia Ava to become a creative writer for Marstranslation and passionately got interested in various dialects from all over the world. Being half Hispanic and half Mexican (from both sides of the family) her unique ethnicity led her to the road of learning languages and work as an interpreter and as a writer at hand.