The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted every community around the world. It has affected livelihoods, jobs, and businesses. It has also shaken education, healthcare, and other institutions in the locality. Even families, relationships, and recreation has gotten negatively impacted.
It’s good that local authorities and community leaders have done what they could to address the pandemic situations. At this juncture, most of the pandemic restrictions have gotten lifted, and vaccinated individuals in the community have started going outdoors. It appears that almost everyone has managed to cope with the pandemic after two years.
For this reason, now is the right time to restore your immediate community. Thanks to digital tools and technologies, they have become beneficial amid the COVID-19 crisis. And they are vital assets in helping rebuild your locality. In fact, they are reshaping the future of your community.
That said, here’s how digital tools and technologies can help rebuild your community in the new normal:
1. Internet of Things (IoT) for interconnectivity
The Internet of Things (IoT) has become a game-changer in our modern society in recent times. Physical devices can seamlessly connect to the internet, allowing individuals to share data and information remotely. Think of smart devices at home, computer peripherals at work, and wearables used by individuals for remote tracking. They have been beneficial to individuals, families, businesses, and organizations amid the pandemic restrictions. And they will continue to benefit the community after the pandemic. Ultimately, Iot ensures interconnectivity in the community.
2. Automation for business efficiency and productivity
We’ve seen the rise of automation in businesses across various industries in recent years. In the past, the workforce had to pull off most tasks manually. Today, automated tools and technologies can assist employees in their day-to-day functions. Even during the pandemic, they can heavily rely on automation to accomplish some tasks in the comfort of their homes. In the end, it’s best to support local businesses in your community and help them invest in automation for business efficiency and productivity.
3. Artificial Intelligence (AI) for workforce assistance
AI has become such a buzzword in the world of business. It’s surprising how machines can somehow think and act like human beings through the simulation of intelligence. They can help the workforce in their daily functions and even carry out specific tasks. For instance, some businesses use AI-integrated Chatbots on their websites to assist customers with queries and concerns during this pandemic. Ultimately, AI can be such a game-changer in local enterprises and organizations in your community.
4. Cloud computing for data storage and recording
Same with IoT, cloud computing harnesses the power of the internet. It allows data and information to get saved on a remote database and retrieved on demand. As such, businesses and organizations in the community can send and receive data and information through cloud-based storage systems during this pandemic. For instance, industrial plants operating in your locality can rely on Magnetoresistive RAM or MRAM for industrial computing applications. Ultimately, cloud computing can help businesses and organizations in your community with data storage and recording.
5. Extended Reality (XR) for online education
It’s no secret how many students worldwide have been out of the classroom since the COVID-19 outbreak. Due to the pandemic restrictions, they have no choice but to rely on online learning. Thanks to digital tools and communication technologies, these resources have paved the way for the rise of online education. Think of XR like virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR) for an enhanced online learning experience. It looks like they have been shaping the world of education and determining its future.
6. E-commerce platforms for consumer needs
The e-commerce industry has long been thriving and flourishing. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has further kicked its boom up a notch. Because of the pandemic restrictions, many individuals and families have depended on e-commerce businesses. They would shop online, order items, and request them delivered to their houses. Many consumers have seen the benefits of e-commerce platforms in their communities.
As a local authority or community leader, support your local businesses and help them transition to online stores or click-and-mortar businesses. Ultimately, they can help meet the consumer needs of your community.
At this point, you now know what it takes to rebuild your community in the new normal. As a community leader or local authority, be sure to consider taking advantage of the digital tools and technologies outlined above, from IoT to AI down to e-commerce platforms. This digital transformation and technological innovation can assist every organization, business, government institution, and family in the community. Not only do they help them cope with the pandemic, but they will also help build the community for the future.
Fascinated with the women of ENIAC, Apriya started taking an interest in technology at 11 years old. Today, she keeps herself busy by following trends and innovation in the world of tech.