The pessimist says, "Things can't get any worse."
The optimist says, "Oh yes they can."
Whether you are a glass-half-full or a glass-half empty person, you will agree that we are living through tough times. Yet, September 13th is Positive Thinking Day 2020. At Software AG, we like to think that technology can help get the world back on track – even when it feels like it might be ending.
So, we would like to share some feel-good examples about how technology is helping life feel more positive:
- A healthier future
At Home. Wearable technology enables you to stay healthy and safe by monitoring your vital signs. One heartwarming example shows a man who received life-saving surgery after his Apple Watch warned him that he had a low heart rate. With wearables, your vital signs and more can be monitored from home – with the data sent to your doctor for analysis and treatment quickly. And doctor’s visits can be done without leaving your home.
At work. Smart social distancing helps limit the spread of viruses, but when factory floors, offices and retail outlets are crowded with equipment as well as people it isn’t easy. There are new technologies to help people get back to work, like smart social distancing solutions with wearable badges that alert you if you approach the limit of safe social distancing. One customer, Göbecke Bakery in Leipzig, Germany has shown that instances of breaches declined by over 50% within the first week.
- Conserving critical resources
Water, energy and food are often wasted. Internet of Things (IoT) technology can help save the planet by remote monitoring of essential assets and the supply chain, saving you and your company money and resources. For example, Telstra, in partnership with Software AG, has created a Digital Water Metering IoT solution – helping some of the largest water utilities across Australia to identify water leakages and prioritize water-saving measures. Water utilities around the world are using our IoT technology to better track, monitor and conserve water.
- Saving the rhino
Poaching in Africa is a huge problem, whether it is elephant ivory, rhino horns or leopard skins. Technology can help to monitor, manage, and even predict outcomes of the next poaching strike. With vastly improved animal sensors technologies, low-cost long-range communication networks combined with IoT and analytics, game sanctuaries ensure their limited high-cost ranger resources can be put to work where and when it really matters.
- Solving the Covid-19 crisis
From Covid testing kits to 3D-printed medical masks and drones delivering urgent medical supplies, there are many innovative startups ideating and creating solutions to help get us through the pandemic – and maybe even help solve it.
So, you see? Technology is going to help us get through the hard times and make our lives even better on the other side. As Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress, said: “Technology is best when it brings people together.”
Think positive and stay safe.