It’s safe to say that nobody could have predicted what was going to happen in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic uprooted industries across the globe, from changes in the supply chain to an increased need for contact tracing solutions. As we look ahead to 2021, it’s evident that the events from the past year will have an everlasting impact on the way businesses operate and how technology solutions will evolve to meet new challenges and demands.
At CalAmp, our experts have witnessed firsthand the unprecedented acceleration of digital transformation over the last few months and are preparing for what’s to come in the year ahead. And while 2020 threw a curveball, we now have a better idea of what we can expect in 2021. With a year of unpredictability in the rear view, our expert executives shared their predictions for the new year in telematics, supply chain, transportation and more.
Work Smarter, Not Harder
Working smarter, not harder, will be a key theme for businesses in 2021. With many organizations struggling to stay in business during the pandemic, the need for increased connectivity and visibility into their mobile assets has never been greater. Today, working smarter means giving mobile assets vital to your business a voice, so they’re able to give you the insight and the intelligence at the edge you need to make informed, intelligent decisions every time. In 2021 and beyond, working smarter will mean offloading some of those decisions to the assets themselves because they have the voice and computing power to communicate with one another by leveraging Intelligent Telematics Solutions, such as CalAmp’s EdgeCore Platform. – Jeff Clark, Senior Vice President, Product Management
Cold Chain Will Be Hot, Hot, Hot
The importance of globally available, reliable, enterprise visibility solutions enabling cold chain and cryogenic shipments will increase. Multinational firms and manufacturers will be the first to accelerate the implementation of these solutions to track shipments in real-time, ensuring safe delivery, documenting compliance and reducing spoilage. As the world continues to grapple with the pandemic and vaccines begin to be distributed, equal access to cold chain solutions that safely transport these types of goods in all areas of the world will dominate the sector.
Climate change will also be top of mind for many. As more severe environmental changes develop, more pressure will be placed on the supply chain to implement solutions that mitigate environmental impacts. In 2021, we’ll see a larger importance placed on green logistics and technologies that increase transportation efficiencies and help prevent excessive waste of resources. Given the contribution electricity and transportation play in greenhouse gas emissions in the US, supply chains will look to smart transportation and visibility solutions to minimize waste and help reduce their carbon footprint. – Sopa Soun, Senior Product Manager
Telematics Takeover Transportation
In 2021, we will start seeing non-human initiated crowdsourced information that will help with safer and more efficient driving behavior. Telematics devices will have the ability to run Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning algorithms, and produce federated intelligent data that can be consumed by other edge intelligent devices that will inform vehicle operators about road conditions, weather information, traffic information, and more in order to allow smoother, more efficient, and safer traffic flows. Autonomous transport systems, transportation and logistics, shipping and IIoT marketplaces will be the first to leverage this technology to streamline asset tracking, multi-modal supply chains and drive further operational efficiencies. – Anand Rau, SVP of Engineering
The advancement of technology solutions will inevitably be vital to the growth and transformation of the industries that keep our economy and lives flowing efficiently. Here’s to a more productive and safer 2021!