In the early days of the pandemic, the world shut down—and the economy with it. In weeks, we saw uncertainty across industries as workers were furloughed or laid off, companies went out of business, and our lives changed overnight.
But in the midst of that uncertainty, something inspiring happened: leaders, workers, and developers in tech and communications adapted their thinking to this new paradigm, hoping to find solutions that would ease the burden the pandemic had brought on.
My team works closely with companies at the forefront of emerging Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. IoT refers to objects that collect data which can optimize everyday experiences—meaning anything from smart home devices to remote patient monitors.
Before the pandemic, IoT was already poised to change in how we work. The pandemic has only sped up its adoption and shown us how powerful of a tool it can really be.
While some of the most well known IoT solutions are made for consumers, many of the biggest applications for IoT are actually found in industries like healthcare, manufacturing, and transportation. This is because IoT data collection can have an incredible impact on things like observing a patient’s vital signs, managing a supply chain, tracking perishable goods, and much more.
During the pandemic, we’ve watched businesses take existing IoT solutions and brilliantly pivot them to help meet the challenges created by COVID-19. What inspires us is not just that these companies use Twilio-enabled tech to face the immediate challenges in front of them—but that they are emerging even stronger through the process of innovation.
IoT implementation can help every business better prepare for the needs of tomorrow’s economy—so we’ve collected some of the IoT that have set a blueprint for post-pandemic innovation.