Shattered silos: 2024’s top technology trend

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    Written by Jen Mullen

    United Nations (UN) deadline 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Developmenta strategic framework to tackle climate change, improve health, education and equity, and foster economic growth around the world is rapidly approaching.

    Technology is a central pillar and vehicle for realizing the innovations, opportunities and capabilities defined in the United Nations Strategy. And companies that want to gain and maintain a strong market share in the cutthroat technology sector must meet consumer demand for the latest features, and these features must work perfectly and be available at competitive prices. Must be able to.

    To keep up, technology providers must evolve the way they approach challenges and find ways to optimize every aspect of their operations.

    Whether it's business goals or solving the global climate crisis, we can't maintain the status quo and realize our ambitions in silos.

    In the post-Moore's Law world we currently live in, innovating something truly innovative is only possible through collaboration and co-innovation across sectors and disciplines. The increasing silos in which the industry has historically operated are leading to accelerated leaps in sophistication and technology that are changing the way we move through our daily lives.

    Across a variety of sectors, innovators are leveraging new technologies to disrupt the status quo, including: Artificial intelligence (AI)machine learning (ML), digital twins, and adopt best practices from other industries.

    Innovations across sectors are redefining the metaverse, transforming the automotive industry, enhancing communication, and improving the accessibility and quality of healthcare.

    Metaverse: Deeper collaboration through technology

    The Metaverse of 2024 is not what Mark Zuckerberg announced when he rebranded his social media empire. This concept has surpassed its original definition and has a growing number of use cases for mixed reality technology.

    This experiential aspect of cyber-physical reality promises to break down the silos created by physical distance and enable more authentic human connections in virtual spaces. This not only allows friends and family spread across the globe to feel more connected, but also allows colleagues to collaborate in real-time, regardless of office location.

    This vision of mixed, augmented, and virtual reality could not be defined without the powerful capabilities of 5G and 6G communications technologies and new innovations in augmented reality and computer-generated imagery (CGI). By combining these technologies, we hope to seamlessly blend digital space and physical reality.

    However, to achieve this, researchers and standards bodies are working together to overcome several challenges. They work to find solutions to build a wireless infrastructure that can handle the bandwidth and extremely low latency needed to ensure interoperability and feel like a real physical presence in a virtual space. I'm here.

    Software-defined vehicles: Co-innovation transforms transportation

    The automotive industry has transformed from a strictly hardware-focused industry to one increasingly defined by software.

    OEMs and their suppliers must adopt new approaches to creating and testing designs and components to ensure that the highly complex software systems used in vehicles function properly and consistently. did.

    These software systems become even more complex when they need to accommodate the sensors and decision-making required for self-driving functionality. Partnerships are essential for the development of highly automated vehicles.

    Currently, there is limited collaboration between companies in developing advanced sensor fusion capabilities, and there is disagreement about the best combination of camera and radar sensor technologies for the perceptual and predictive models needed to guide decision-making in fully autonomous vehicles. are divided.

    Data sharing helps companies understand how different systems work and defines best practices across industries. Bringing self-driving cars to consumers will require close cooperation and co-innovation between companies, regulators, and standards bodies. They must work together to define guardrails that ensure self-driving cars are safe, reliable, and compliant with international standards.

    Space 3.0: The final frontier

    Non-terrestrial networks (NTNs) are moving into new areas of innovation. Historically, mobile phone networks relied strictly on terrestrial network infrastructure, limiting mobile phone coverage to densely populated areas. This had an impact on disaster response, limiting available bandwidth during densely populated events.

    Advances in satellite technology have enabled wireless communication providers to enhance their services, add safety features, and provide reliable coverage while traveling and in remote locations. NTN is committed to solving these problems and establishing true global connectivity. Many companies have launched his NTN constellations and have successfully expanded their coverage and bandwidth.

    However, many of these companies have built their own networks tied to one operator's systems and hardware. This limits the potential for true universal service and interoperability. In 2024, there will be an increasing movement towards democratizing satellite connectivity and scoping open standards, especially with the rollout of new 5G releases.

    Regulations and standards are important to ensure that constellations do not overlap and encourage companies to work together to minimize space debris and ensure public safety.

    Digital Healthcare: Delivering personalized, predictive, and preventive healthcare

    The pandemic has created a crisis in the healthcare industry, resulting in physician burnout and patient wait times for acute care. AI, sensor technology, and the increasing availability of medical data promise to improve disease prediction, diagnosis, and treatment.

    Additionally, doctors will be able to diagnose and treat illnesses more confidently and in less time. However, this will only be possible if hospital systems fully embrace the capabilities that technology offers and if medical device manufacturers consider interoperability when designing their equipment.

    Truly holistic healthcare and diagnostics are only possible through data intersection between medical devices. Currently, companies are designing technology in silos, limiting opportunities to leverage devices and how the data they collect can be used for other applications.

    Additionally, there are ongoing discussions between device manufacturers and regulators about how to protect sensitive patient data. HIPAA regulations silo patient data to prevent it from leaking beyond its intended location, but do not consider the cybersecurity of wearable and implantable devices. By working together, device manufacturers, hospital networks, and regulators can better address these challenges.

    The future of innovation

    Technology has the potential to help shape a sustainable and fair future for all, but only if existing silos are broken down and cross-sector innovation can occur.

    We are more connected than ever, and technology has expanded our horizons, allowing us to visit far-flung places and experience cultures that were impossible even 20 years ago.

    To achieve further advances in technology, it is important that industries share their expertise and build a foundation for collaborative innovation.

    Jenni Mullen is an emerging technology solutions manager at Keysight Technologies


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