The restrictive measures introduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic have contributed to an increase in demand for technological services in various areas of life. People turned to technologies for remote work, delivery services, and online conferences during quarantine and self-isolation.
Work From Home
People started working from home about 20 years ago. But this format was something frivolous (with rare exceptions in IT and some creative professions). However, as the practice has shown, most offices can switch to remote mode without any problems.
Cyber security has become one of the problems of this format. Because:
- The forced transition to “remote” added work to the security staff.
- Workers’ use of their home computers and devices has provided attackers with more opportunities to attack.
Technology That Gained Popularity
1- Use Of Zoom
Due to the sudden shift to the virtual world because of COVID-19, Zoom became the number one choice for video conferencing and office meetings. It has become so popular during this pandemic. Many educational institutes used it for online classes. Students contacted each other on Zoom for getting help writing assignments for university or college.
Popular video conferencing services, including Zoom was not ready for a manifold increase in audience. The low level of security allowed prankers and hackers to connect to business meetings and disrupt school lessons. In turn, problems with Zoom have created a demand for secure and resilient video conferencing services.
2- Calm Office App
After the introduction of quarantine, applications such as Calm Office began to be especially popular. These applications are similar to meditation programs. But instead of nature sounds, the user is prompted to listen to typical office sounds. Monotonous voices in the background, keyboard keys, mouse clicks, printer sounds, etc. This “immersive effect” helps people feel like they are in a familiar atmosphere and not to lose concentration.
3- Development Of Telemedicine
The introduction of telemedicine is designated as one of the priorities of the National Healthcare Project. However, the coronavirus pandemic has accelerated development in this direction. So, to reduce the risk for medical workers, organizations actively used methods of remote preliminary diagnostics. As well as mobile diagnostics based on indirect signs. Thus, people with moderate symptoms of COVID-19 could receive help remotely without visiting a doctor.
4- Use Of AI For Health Care
There are also developments in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). In the United States, a large company has unveiled a platform through which doctors can conduct online screenings and handle a large number of coronavirus-related requests. Another technology of the company is focused on intensive care physicians. It uses high-resolution cameras, telemetry, data visualization, and automatic reporting.
A full-fledged telemedicine service, Curatess has also appeared in the United States. On this platform, doctors can conduct online consultations. Connect to medical Bluetooth devices approved by the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) and access a database of electronic medical records.
5- Delivery Services
Delivery services are experiencing a peak in popularity, especially in large states with more stringent restrictions. According to a survey in April 2020, 67% of Internet users made online purchases during Self-Isolation, and one in four (26%) used grocery delivery services. Moreover, 13% of respondents noted that they began to order food at home during the quarantine period. Moreover, the demand for online academic services increased. Students consulted experts for getting help writing essays and other university projects.
6- Multi-Player Video Games
Multiplayer games allow a large number of participants to communicate at the same time. And as the gaming industry develops and improves, some games offer more stable connectivity than group video calling services. Therefore, under conditions of quarantine, multiplayer playgrounds began to be used for online training, group meetings, and even rallies.
In Japan, Minecraft hosted an analog of the graduation ceremony for junior schoolchildren. Since the “full-time” cannot be held due to the coronavirus. And a middle school teacher from San Diego (California, USA) gave a geometry class in virtual reality in the game.
These technologies are helping people to stay connected to the world and enjoy themselves at home during this pandemic. Without these, it would have been really difficult to spend one day in self-isolation.