IoT Analytics- We have to come to terms with the fact that the world is going to be a very different place after the COVID-19 pandemic. Are we dealing with a virus that goes away once the antibodies defeat it? Are we looking at a chronic infection like HIV or hepatitis? And if it’s chronic, can carriers infect others even while not showing symptoms?
So far, scientists are optimistic and believe that once a carrier is healed, they don’t have to worry about the virus anymore, but they are the first to admit that they might be wrong. We simply don’t know enough.
Adding to the uncertainty of the virus, we also have to deal with the fact that no economy can handle a long-term lockdown. Every government is already looking for a way to loosen the restrictions without risking a second wave of infections.
Companies are cutting costs and going digital. At its worst, that means downsizing and letting go of staff. At its best, hiring the services of software development consultors to adapt their systems to a virtual office environment.
Whatever strategy companies and cities take, they have to do it thinking in the long term. A year-long lockdown might be not feasible, but experts believe that social distancing is here to stay, at least until 2022.
Tracking with Smart Cities and Apps
Smart cities are one of the most ambitious projects based on IoT-tech. A single network infrastructure connecting everything from streetlights to citizens is the gateway to an unprecedented amount of data gathering.
Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a prime example of a city well in its way to become a smart city, and also a fine example of just how powerful IoT technology can be in managing the pandemic.