We are all familiar with Zoom meetings and working from home, as well as the accelerated growth and now near-ubiquitous dependence on e-commerce. We can easily imagine the impacts these may have even following the pandemic on office space, business travel, and in-person retail. But the next-level implications of -- and opportunities created by -- “remoteness” are leading to exciting new enterprises in a wide variety of sectors.
In the “future of work” sector, most obviously, we are seeing entrepreneurs creating intelligent technology solutions beyond mere communications platforms to support distributed team collaboration and engagement and secure and effective customer, partner and vendor interaction and processes. In the “built economy” sector, we are seeing “remoteness” addressed through intelligent integration of computer vision and analysis for safety on construction sites, in manufacturing locations, and for expanded and intelligent monitoring of common spaces. We are also seeing a rapid rise in the creation of robotics applications for interior space management, waste management, and automated utilities monitoring and applications. And in digital health and health care we are seeing the introduction of novel component solutions enabling effective tele-medicine, digital and automated diagnostics, analysis, and processing. All of these are being unleashed by the requirements and possibilities of remoteness.
We expect “remoteness” to continue to drive innovation in these and other sectors in the coming years.