1, My Address, My Street, New York City, NY, USA
5 Ways the Coronavirus Will Affect the Connectivity and Tech Industry in 2020
Global supply chains were disrupted when the coronavirus first appeared in China, but as this has grown into a global pandemic, affecting nearly 120 countries and with over 125,000 deaths recorded, it is becoming less predictable and more far-reaching than anyone could have ever thought. At a seminal conference by the Mobile World Congress, this was one of the first places where Keynote speakers and industry conferences were cancelled in an attempt to contain the spread of this virus. Employees were then asked by many companies to work remotely, using online programs and mobile billing platforms, and this led to delayed or missed partnerships, opportunities, and initiatives. Technology and telecommunication industries discovered opportunities that were related to keeping people safe, which included helping companies that were using videoconferencing technology, making it much broader so that accurate information could be disseminated about the virus and help combat this pandemic which as very rapidly taken its place in our culture. 1) The most immediate and clearest impact that this has had on businesses is that this coronavirus pandemic has disrupted global supply chains. Since the pandemic started, this was the first region that was affected the most, a disease that has forced thousands of people into quarantines all over the world. Full shutdowns, as well as partial ones, happened in factories and plants, and many of these contributed to the technology industry regarding manufacturing products and goods. iPhone production was reported by Apple to be experiencing shortages, and companies such as Foxconn had also reported that a great deal of their manufacturing was shut down, especially all of its products produced in China. 2) As a Coronavirus began to spread, technological conferences were cancelled rapidly, leading to missed opportunities and partnerships with companies that would need them to become successful. The MWC was going to take place in late February, specifically in Barcelona, but due to concerns over the virus and its spread, it was cancelled accordingly. This cornerstone event represents how industries can experience connectivity, and it allows them to share innovations, network with other like-minded companies, and business partnerships are often forged in this manner. Although some of the events were rescheduled that had been planned to be at this conference, coronavirus has lead to their full cancellations. 3) The need for remote interactions have been highlighted regarding 5G technology, which has prompted the acceleration or adoption of these options for the long term. The lightning-fast or near-instantaneous communication speeds of 5G has made it possible for even remote areas to become interconnected, which has been at the forefront of what many enterprises and organisations were focused on but are now cautious due to the virus spreading so rapidly. 4) Virtual reality has been highlighted as of late as a possible segue to a way of communicating with enterprises and also has boosted its overall value as a needed technology. Coronavirus outbreaks have caused problems with large companies such as Microsoft, Google, Apple, and many others, which have prompted them to mandate or at least recommend that employees stay at home when they are working. Businesses like Amazon do have nonessential employees that are designated for travelling to places like Italy and China, and even within the US, and these operations have also been limited. During the pandemic, the safest way to deal with it and protect people is to limit or cancel usual operations, but collaborative efforts, and doing mandatory hands-on training, has been greatly affected. These drawbacks can be problematic, but there are ways to help employees smooth out these disruptions by modifying their interactions through VR technology. 5) There have been many solutions in cities that have shown that technology is a very valuable tool when this type of crisis arises. Some use smart city technology which has effectively mitigated what would have typically been a negative impact from the coronavirus. For example, in China, law enforcement officers are using thermal sensors, which are on drones, to help determine if people are developing a high temperature. In addition to this, the government of South Korea has manufactured an application for smartphones that can help quarantine individuals that are working with caseworkers, helping them to ask questions or report on their progress. Likewise, the Australian government has created what is called a chatbot that can provide answers to questions that citizens may have been also to limit the amount of the disinformation that is so easily spread worldwide.