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Love is in the air: the IT trends you’re loving for 2021

Love is in the air this month with an amazing selection of new IT trends that we’re excited about for 2021. From remote working to machine led industries, there is something that everyone will come across in 2021. Here are our top five IT trends for this year:

1. Internet of Things

Another IT trend with no intention of slowing down is the Internet of Things (IoT). It was recorded that in 2019, 26.66 billion IoT devices were installed, with experts predicting that this number will surpass 75 billion in 2025. It is estimated that every second, approximately 127 IoT devices are being connected to the internet. From industry to the everyday home, IoT is taking over, check out some examples of weird and wonderful IoT technologies here.

Here at Probado, we are monitoring systems using IoT technologies, helping our clients to save time, money and avoid wastage. If you’re interested in finding out more, give us a call – we have loads of different sensors and a visualisation platform that we can tailor to your needs.

2. Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is set to be huge this year, with new uses for AI technology being found daily. AI technology dates back to the 1950s and is still growing, more so in recent years. AI technology is efficient, eliminates human error and is able to work around the clock, speeding up many processes. One of the most popular AI programmes is the ApachePredictionIO, with a user satisfaction of 100%. This software allows developers to build and publish a machine learning engine to the internet as well as providing access to multiple machine learning libraries.

3. Cybersecurity

With more and more businesses adopting remote and flexible working models, there is an increased focus on cyber security. More workers are now working outside of the safeties of the office, so it is vital that employees are staying protected when working from home. While we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to the pandemic, it is predicted that over a third of workforces will remain remote for at least 18 months. Home cyber security systems may not be as robust as those within the office, and there are likely be inconsistencies from house to house.

4. 5G

5G was huge in 2020 and it is only set to get bigger in 2021 as more people take up this technology. Currently, Switzerland, South Korea and the USA are leading the way with 5G take up. 5G can operate up to 100 times faster than 4G technologies, allowing for a myriad of uses across many different industries. When 5G first appeared on the scene, many were sceptical about this new technology, however now that it has been tried and tested in the real world, those who were originally on the fence are being swayed to try 5G in 2021.

5. Internet of Behaviours

Internet of Behaviours (IoB) is the collection of data to influence behaviour using behavioural psychology. IoB data can be gathered from many different sources, such as GPS locations, social media and customer data. Axios describes IoB as trying to make sense of human behaviour through data mining.

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IoB helps us to truly understand the masses of data we now have access to (partly thanks to IoT technologies) and helps organisations to apply that understanding and influence behaviours, whether that be within their employees or their customers.

2021 is set to be an exciting time for IT. There are a number of IT trends that we think will dominate the tech space this year. Whether it be 5G or Internet of Behaviours, we’d love to hear what your thoughts are on this year’s IT trends, head to Twitter to be part of the conversation!

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