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The next decade of technology in business – 11 ways it is set to change

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Number one: Connecting – finding an elusive Wi-Fi spot may become a problem of the past.  Firstly, 5G will begin to take-off by the end of this decade, and within ten years, assuming it has not been replaced by 6G, will be far more common than 3G or 4G is today.  5G transmits data at a speed that makes 4G seem like a horse drawn carriage next to a formula one racing car.  But internet access will also be beamed down from drones, such that you will never be far from a Wi-Fi point. Meanwhile, the next ten years will see the emergence of Li-Fi – an incredibly fast digital method of transmitting digital data by lighting flicking on and off at a speed that we are not conscious of.  Li-Fi will come into its own in large indoor spaces which use artificial light.

Number two: Security everywhere – as the use of the Cloud grows, attention will focus on data security; and encryption will become ubiquitous: all data will be encrypted, and as an added layer of security, we will see containerization, so that corporate information on a personal device will be separated from personal data.

Number three: We may also see the end of passwords, and we will see a combination of voice, finger print and eye vein recognition – perhaps via wearable technology that provides an interface to online security protocols.

Number four: Finding things and knowing where things are will become yesterday’s problem, as more and more objects carry tiny GPS chips and emit data feeding into the Internet of Things (IoT). The data that forms the IoT will also be able to highlight a bottle neck in a factory production process, or provide data on whether a tyre in a truck or car may soon need replacing, and will be able to monitor remote solar panels, being able to pinpoint any panels that have ceased to work, without the requirement for manual checking.

Number five: The Internet of things will also make stock control an automatic process – since we will know where all stock in a store is. AI will be able to produce real time updates on stock.

Number six: Beacon technology will become pervasive. In the next decade, technology for businesses will enable businesses to know when customers are near-by and where they are. This will enable businesses to send messages to customers based on their location – the technology will be used by retailers, coffee shops, museums and event venues such as sports stadiums.

Number seven: Parking will become less of an issue for business travellers as autonomous cars will drop people off at their destination. The next decade will see the technology for autonomous car develop, such that cars will be used for mobile meetings, front seats will form part of the meeting area, as computers don’t need a seat, or a seat belt either.

Number eight: When we pay for things, either while we are out, or from our computer device, wearable technology will do the work – there will be no need to type in our pin number, or card number when online, just tap our wrists.

Number nine: Many businesses, especially in large self-contained buildings, industrial parks and manufacturing companies, will become energy self-sufficient and will no longer need to be linked to the national grid. The combination of solar, wind turbines perhaps in the form of hot air balloons or kites, over a thousand feet in the air, with energy storage, will remove the need to be able to access a central source of energy.

Number ten: The discipline of marketing science will dominate marketing – data analysts will be the new drivers of marketing activities.  Social media tools will provide a wealth of information on customers and advertising will be targeted with extraordinary accuracy – customers will see advertisements for a product they need, before they even know they need it. Such advertisements will also apply to shoppers, communicating the existence of an item of clothing that our shopper is looking to buy, for example.

Number eleven: Finally, there will be few secrets, our colleagues, and our boss will know where we are during the working day – at all times, unless privacy concerns and regulations, interfere, in which case we may see an eavesdropping at work act.

 

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