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Things to Expect in Information Technology this Upcoming 2021

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The year 2020 is approaching its twilight. Many events and things happened in this closing year such as the start of an ongoing pandemic, advances in programming, new smartphone releases, increased remote work and nascent web and app technologies. Whatever to expect this upcoming 2021, there will be major or minor changes in the world of information technology and programming.

  • Enhanced connectivity: 5G

While most countries and telcos aren’t in 5G, others are already rolling out the new connectivity.  The 5G is expected to perform better than the 4G. Here are the benefits:

  • Lower latency – Less time between the executing orders and the action of devices

  • Increased connectivity – Instant access to connected devices in real-time

  • Allow network slicing – This feature provides more subnets.

  • Speedy transmissions – Wireless transfers can reach 15 to 20 Gbps

  • More use of automation, drones and robotics

Automation, drones and robotics are already being used in logistics, factory, automotive, bomb disposal and rescue operations. Drones involve quadcopters, tricopters, bicopters controlled through smartphone apps or a special radio device. Automation may refer to the process of using robots or programs to replace tasks previously performed by humans. Robotics are commonly confined to car, smartphone and metallurgy industries and factories. But now, humanoid and autonomous robots such as pepper the robot (Softbank), Asimo (Honda), and Kirobo (Toyota) are serving as greeters and guides already.

  • Increased remote working

Before the advent of computers and advanced internet tech, working at home was thought of as too good to be true or man’s paradise in a 4 corners room. The onslaught of COVID-19 made remote working a necessity for companies, industries and workers who can bring deliverables through VOIP and apps. Work from home reduces stress, saves employer’s and employee’s time and money.

  • More use of Cloud computing

Cloud computing refers to the delivery of services over the internet. The term “Cloud” means ubiquitous access. If you have been using Dropbox and Google Drive, then you’re using this technology. Cloud computing brings benefits such as less susceptibility to hacking, piracy and ease of access.. Cloud computing involves:

  • Data servers

  • Web hosting

  • Analytics

  • Networking

  • Graphics software

  • Improvements in the internet of things

Internet of things (IoT) is the embedding of data collecting devices and sensors on objects such as a thermostat, LED bulbs, light switches, toys, doors, floors, RFID tags, and anything where its data is worth collecting via the internet, GPS, Gyroscope, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The increase in 5G usage can improve the internet of things connection. This technology works with other techs such as data centre and cloud storage. Now, just imagine if everything you use has sensors where you can derive data – how hot is your stove, how many watts does your fridge generate or the current location of your drone.

  • Development of Internet of Behaviours (IoB)

This trend is gaining traction as the needs for tracking human needs and behaviours. Examples of these are the attachment of sensors or devices to things where humans can interact such as supermarket store shelf or vehicles (cars, taxis, trucks). IoB also involves gathering of data to better understand behaviours such as buying decision, usage and interests for better product and service. The IoB combines the three fields of Technology, Data Analytics and Behavioural Science. Although IoB might bring vast benefits, there’s a concern that if such technology falls into the hands of cybercriminals, everyone online could be in trouble.

  • More use of Augmented reality

Augmented reality is the overlaying of visual, sound and sensory information onto eyeglasses and cameras. If you saw the Terminator movie where a T-800 and TX robot use heads up display (HUD) overlays to calculate distance, find targets, and analyse samples, then already saw what augmented reality looks like. Another AR example is the Pokemon Go app that uses a camera and animated overlays to let the user play and the Google glass showing time, maps, weather and distance.

  • Upcoming Windows 10 Cloud PC

According to some sources on the internet (blogs and articles ), Microsoft is developing a cloud or virtualised Windows 10 PC that won’t replace but supplement the current Windows Server and Windows 10 and add to the components of Microsoft 365. Using a cloud operating system enables a user or admin to access the computer anytime and anywhere. The company is experimenting on the following tiers:

  • Medium: 2 virtual CPUs, 4GB RAM and 96 GB Solid State Drive Storage.

  • Heavy: 2 virtual CPUs, 8GB RAM and 96 GB Solid State Drive Storage.

  • Advanced: 3 virtual CPUs, 8GB RAM and 40 GB Solid State Drive Storage.

Microsoft aims to offer Cloud windows 10 to enterprise clients instead of individual users and release it to the public (Spring 2021 or March to June).

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