How Will IoT Help Us Find the New Normal After COVID-19?
Aug 29, 2021
Air quality sensors, behavior analytics, safety compliance monitoring and better contact tracing are all potential benefits greater adoption of IoT and IIoT technology can offer consumers and businesses in a post-COVID world. One example is SMART Embedded Computing’s Screening, Monitoring and Compliance (SMC) solution.
The SMC solution combines edge computing analytics with cameras or kiosks to give property managers, business owners and administrators better infectious disease oversight over their facilities.
The system can be piggybacked on to existing security system infrastructure to reduce the adoption cost and increase implementation speed. It allows for all types of monitoring, including real-time, analytical and trend data gathering.
How SMC Makes Workspaces and Public Places Safer
The Screening, Monitoring and Compliance solution can be used purely for monitoring purposes or be one part of an overarching safety enforcement strategy. For example, the SMC can spot someone not wearing a mask and alert a member of your security or administrative team to go politely ask the person to put on their mask.
This same system can be used to notify management or administrators about people running a fever or those who skip mandatory hand sanitization stations.
Alternatively, you could primarily use the system to gather data and then develop new safety procedures based on the behaviors of visitors to your property.
This type of technology is also starting to appear in other applications. For example, some aircraft cabin electronics companies are developing similar systems for monitoring passengers in flight. When someone doesn’t follow mandatory mask mandates flight attendants can be notified to take action.
Using IoT to Enhance Monitoring and Contact Tracing
Another specialized subset of IoT is IoMT – Internet of Medical Things. Examples of IoMT devices include various diagnostic wearables that can monitor vitals like temperature, heartrate and blood oxygen saturation, all of which are relevant to COVID-19.
Wide IoT nets might also provide a new level of contact tracing. Some technologies have already been developed that combine symptom monitoring with GPS and other IoT sensors to greatly accelerate accurate contact tracing.
There rightfully are privacy concerns with some of these technologies, which is why responsible design and thoughtful implementation will be vital as these technologies are more broadly adopted.
Some ways in which various types of AI are already helping in the fight against communicable diseases include:
Diagnostics and disease screenings
Various applications in vaccines, treatments and therapies
Blockchain Potential in Fighting Diseases
There are many people looking for creative ways to harness blockchain technologies, including in applications that might improve supply chain management.
Global supply chains have been significantly disrupted by COVID-19 shutdowns. Blockchain applications have the potential to improve supply chain transparency and ultimately curtail counterfeiting and fraud. They can reduce data errors, the time it takes to validate data and the bandwidth required for communicating data.
Blockchains might also decrease administrative costs by simplifying auditing and eliminating the need for time and labor-intensive checks on compliance, credit and various bookkeeping tasks.
In addition to improving supply chains, the transparency and universality of data afforded by blockchain solutions hold the potential to greatly increase access to infectious disease testing results, patient details and the administration of therapies.
Will More Technological Solutions Be Developed to Combat Infectious Diseases?
Chances are good that at least some of these new technologies are going to be permanent additions to post-COVID life. With vaccine rates increasing and the potential for herd immunity in the not-too-distant-future, our societal battle with COVID-19 might become seasonal rather than persistent.
Before COVID-19, the Spanish flu wasn’t exactly a hot topic of conversation, but it was widely acknowledged as a significant part of early 20th century history. The most severe bubonic plague pandemic – the “Black Death” – is still taught about in history classes, even though it occurred nearly 700 years ago.
Plagues stick around in the human consciousness because they’re terrifying. Our collective self-preservation instincts will likely lead to the semi-permanent adoption of many safety measures for infectious diseases.
Leverage AI to Safeguard Your Employees, Customers, Students or Patients
The technological advances necessary to effectively fight back against the spread of infectious diseases is already available thanks to companies like SMART EC. Our Screening, Monitoring and Compliance (SMC) system can be used to provide superior, non-invasive infection screening, monitoring and safety compliance in workspaces or public spaces.
Learn more about our health and safety screening solutions on our website or contact us for additional information.