Technology drives businesses. Every year, developments in major sectors are redefining the way people live, transact, and communicate. Due to the rapid pace of the modern world, overlooking new technology is virtually unavoidable.
Below is an update on the latest innovations that are disrupting the way companies do business.
1. Mobile Payments Technology
The mobile payments space is growing at an exponential rate. Global consulting firm Deloitte coined smartphone payments technology as the biggest trend in 2015. Alternative payment methods through handheld devices are becoming a necessity in countries with outdated infrastructure.
Countries such as India, Mexico, and Nigeria have adopted mobile payments as a method for distributing monthly salaries, purchasing goods, and sending financial support to underbanked individuals. For companies that cater to clients abroad and initiate transactions instantly, having the ability to stay in touch with international calling is an effective way to keep operations moving.
Mobile payments offer several solutions to both businesses and consumers. First, transactions are quick, which allow companies to streamline cash flow. This is ultimately where traditional banking fails due to lengthy processing periods, costly transaction fees, and limited availability.
Next, virtual payment methods are easy to use. Individuals can hold as many credit cards as they want digitally, avoiding theft and misplacement. When it comes to security, leading financial institutions worldwide are implementing higher standards to protect sensitive consumer payments data. Chip and PIN technology, EMV certification, and new authentication protocols are ways the industry is able to ensure that mobile payments hit the mainstream without major security breaches and hacks.
2. Nano Solar Cells
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Nanotechnology is constantly improving the quality of green products such as solar cells. Gone are the days when harnessing the sun’s power depended on bright, sunny weather. Using the application of nano-dots, tiny particles that increase the efficiency of solar panels, homes, offices, and cars are able to generate power under mediocre outdoor conditions.
3. Smart Homes And Offices (Predictive Analytics)
The phrase “always connected” refers to smart devices and environments. In the past, computers, smartphones, laptops, watches, and other electronic devices functioned separately. Fast forward to today — all of these gadgets are connected around the clock through apps and networks.
Businesses that take advantage of smart devices are able to boost productivity in the workplace and optimize tedious processes. It is now possible to work on a proposal at the office and at home with other people making changes to the document through the cloud.
But it doesn’t stop there.
Smart technology gathers data to provide users with an array of suggestions from healthy eating to clothing styles. Predictive analytics is embedded in smart devices. It helps individuals make the best decisions through compiled information. Wearables and app trackers are examples of gadgets that make use of predictive analytics. This form of technology only gets better and more accurate over time.
4. Driverless Cars
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Tesla caught the world by surprise with the first electric-powered vehicle to hit the general market. But while everyone is focused on the possibilities of life without gas expenses, new automobile technology is silently emerging in the form of driverless cars.
Pioneered by Google and Nissan, driverless cars are expected to make an even bigger impact than electric automobiles. Testing started a few years ago in major cities such as San Francisco, Seattle, and Boston. Top automotive companies, including GM, BMW, and Mercedes have expressed their willingness to manufacture vehicles that operate on computer grids and GPS guidance.
New regulations are currently being drafted to cater to the new transportation method. In addition to added convenience, businesses in the legal and insurance industry will be directly affected by the reduction of accidents caused by human error.
Eric Turkewitz of the Turkewitz Law Firm said, “With human error crashes reduced by software that automatically stops or slows the car, the number of broken bodies and cars will be reduced. The number of deaths will be reduced. Your insurance premiums will be (theoretically) reduced.”
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