With the constant evolution of technology, it’s hard to keep up. But, Carmen Fontana, IEEE Impact Creator and Modern Software Delivery expert, stays in the know. Whether it’s about AI, IoT or quantum computing, her expertise allows her valuable insight into the tech industry.
With 2021 kicking off, technology predictions for the upcoming year are important to watch. Carmen shared her top five predictions for the internet of things (IoT) in growing use cases for this new year with TechTarget’s IoT Agenda.
Unsurprisingly, she predicted an increase in the medical use of wearables this year, based on people’s desire to track their health data, thanks to COVID-19.
“The most innovative and socially-minded organizations will aggregate individual data to discover larger population health trends and share their data sets to spur research advancements concurrently within the private, public and nonprofit sectors,” Carmen said.
She also talks about consumer privacy concerns, accessibility of IoT products and benefits to green energy.
Carmen recently contributed to TechRepublic, where she shared her insights into the most important technologies for 2021.
The article proposes the most important tech solutions for the year will be artificial intelligence (AI), 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT). The blog continues by discussing how technology helped keep businesses and organizations functioning despite the pandemic. Carmen specifically addresses the remote workforce.
“Things are not going back to the way they were,” Carmen said. “Employees have come to appreciate the flexibility of remote work, and employers are growing accustomed to the cost savings that come with fewer office expenditures. Companies that embrace the change, enabling their employees to be productive and collaborative from anywhere, will see the most gains.”
IEEE Transmitter recently featured Carmen in an article where she spoke about keeping the factory workforce safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The article spotlights three IEEE members or fellows, sharing their expertise about the tech world and how different technologies can improve factory safety. Carmen addressed robotics and IoT technologies.
“IoT can also be used to determine the density of employees in a given area. Areas that show unacceptable levels of congregation can be re-engineered to better space out employees and potentially limiting the spread,” Carmen said.
Carmen Fontana co-leads our Modern Software Delivery practice, as well as coordinates our Artificial Intelligence offerings across the company. With nearly twenty years of experience, her passion lies where the business meets the technology. She has a Bachelor’s in Systems & Control Engineering and a Master of Engineering in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. She also has completed the Microsoft Professional Program in Data Science. Carmen is a member of Rutgers University Design Thinking Advisory Council. Follow Carmen on Twitter.