Importance of IoT in the Post-Covid World
- March 26, 2021
- Hiba Sulaiman
The novel Coronavirus has led the whole world into a disastrous situation and has an unprecedented impact on our society and economy. It has driven organizations to revamp their business operations in many ways. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy are causing business owners to prioritize spending on technology that is mission-critical over several initiatives that aim at business growth. Enterprises invest in technology not only to survive but to ensure business continuity.
We live in an era of sophisticated digital technologies that are closely connected together. A wide range of devices and applications allows us to operate businesses and respond to this crisis in a way that would have not been possible in the past. Enterprises are using technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), data analytics, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices to face challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Digital Transformation Post COVID-19
Besides the negative impacts of the COVID-19 the virus has forced many organizations to innovate at a faster speed. In order to remain competitive not only in the business, but QA consulting companies also continue to look for quality applications to avoid sinking due to the restrictions and precautions imposed due to the virus across the globe. Among these are remote working infrastructure, collaboration tools, VPN networking, and many other solutions that help companies to operate effectively in this crisis.
IoT Devices and their Importance
One of the first measures that were adopted by all countries affected by COVID-19 is social distancing. As a result, most companies started looking for solutions to overcome isolation and enable business continuity. The solutions exist in technologies, namely those technological solutions that support companies to operate remotely. This includes IoT-driven applications. We cannot deny the benefits of IoT in times of COVID-19, where initially all countries faced complete and partial lockdowns from time to time.
IoT Supports Remote Work
After the pandemic, businesses require adjusting to the changing needs of their employees, suppliers, customers, etc., and also adhere to the government restrictions imposed during the crisis. In order to support businesses and allow their staff to continue operations, companies need to embrace remote working applications and tools. IoT devices and apps provide complete support to employees that are intended to work from the comfort of their homes without affecting their efficiency.
Any crisis may cause a decline in demand that slows down production. This compels businesses to look for new ways to operate with minimum expenses. In the current pandemic, IoT sensors on par with IoT analytics enable enterprises to operate remotely, without affecting the production or shipping schedules.
Since most companies have sent their employees and they work remotely, it is challenging to control and monitor all the workflows efficiently. COVID-19 has posed additional challenges with respect to transparency to the whereabouts and work performance, regarding the goos and their transportation as well. IoT has helped enterprises in overcoming this challenge by providing business owners complete visibility into their employees’ work status.
In the past few months, we have also seen organizations struggling with their operations. Automation is the best solution. Experts say that crises cause business leaders to look for innovative solutions to remain competitive. So they should invest in automation in order to reduce the need for manual employees at their physical offices.
Organizations can use data from interconnected IoT systems to offer customized solutions for consumers to improve sales performance, increase customer retention, etc. That leads to a potential boost in revenue.
Remote monitoring helps operators in determining trends and patterns and reporting any damage to the critical assets. IoT can help companies in focusing on ensuring a safe remote working environment and their employees’ wellbeing.
IoT generates huge chunks of data to analyze for understanding the needs and achieving customer satisfaction.
Quality Assurance and Quality Control
By assessing historical data from edge devices or sensors, the operators can manage their product’s quality. Processing data at each stage can help companies in quality control and enable managers to take corrective actions in real-time, instead of checking quality after production.
As the world is more connected now, the IoT tends to bring more challenges around ensuring that privacy and security rights are respected while collecting and using data. The information is used and stored securely and servers do not become a threat vector. The IoT devices consider data collection and discovery, data confidentiality, secure data retention and disposal, and compliance and regulatory requirements.
The COVID-19 outbreak has a significant impact on all industries. In order to make it through the pandemic and to survive most companies are forced to consider their business models. They are expected to pay more attention to innovative technological solutions. IoT with its ability to connect people and businesses opens new doors to opportunities in various aspects. It helps enterprises to operate more efficiently during lockdowns. A QA consulting company can help businesses not only to continue functioning but also help in uncertain times, by utilizing various benefits of the IoT.