Technology trends… what’s the latest?

Technology trends

Technology is advancing continuously, at an unprecedented pace, and its application is taking place in the most diverse sectors. Agriculture and health are two of the most dynamic sectors where technology is constantly advancing. Below, we review some of the most relevant developments in terms of technological trends.

In the agricultural sector in particular, technological innovations are of such magnitude that they have led to the emergence of new concepts such as “green revolution” or “agriculture 4.0”. An example can be environmental monitoring through electronic sensors installed on crops and the possibility of automating irrigation systems. Another of the most frequent technological applications is the use of drones that, through remote sensing, make it possible to obtain images and videos remotely. The application of artificial intelligence to the management of a large volume of data from agricultural machinery, for example, is also key, as is the Internet of Things (IoT), which allows real-time information to be obtained and facilitates traceability through the installation of devices such as chips. It also highlights the automation of machines and the use of GPS in tractors, allowing to know the exact measurements and distances in crops. The application of Big Data also entails a series of important benefits in the agricultural sector, such as obtaining information on weather conditions, the state of the soil, the crops planted, the amount of inputs needed according to the environment, and identifying anomalies in crops, such as pests or diseases. 

In short, the application of these different technologies in agriculture allows not only to improve yields or increase efficiency in the use of resources, but also to anticipate and identify certain risks. For example, at Macrotest we have the Agroint solution for intelligent crop management, minimizing the impact of pests, diseases and weeds through monitoring and geolocated records from cell phones.

The health sector is not lagging behind in terms of new technological trends. In recent years, technology applied to healthcare has not only focused its efforts on saving lives, but also on making daily life more comfortable.  

Among the main technologies is the use of virtual reality in medical training, involving realistic scenarios such as surgery or emergencies. Once again, the application of artificial intelligence appears as fundamental, whether to monitor patients, assist surgeries by means of automated devices, or even predict the situation of high-risk patients. 

Another trend is access to remote healthcare, for example through online chat platforms available 24 hours a day through chatbots that apply artificial intelligence, or even medical consultations by video call. There are also implantable and ingestible sensors that facilitate the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of certain diseases through the Internet of Things.

Mobile applications can also be mentioned, which contribute to improving the healthcare system through the prevention, control and treatment of numerous diseases, including monitoring the follow-up of patients with diseases such as diabetes or epilepsy. Meanwhile, Cloud Computing applied to the healthcare sector makes it possible to speed up access to patients’ clinical data, as well as to improve communication between healthcare centers. These trends as a whole currently imply benefits both for healthcare professionals and for the users of the healthcare system. 

In this line in Macrotest we have developed a solution for patients who suffered a stroke which allows the realization of their rehabilitation from home, based on years of research, development and innovation. 

We are waiting for you to deepen these applications that promote the development of the agro and health sectors.

What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing

Cloud computing is a technology that allows remote access to software, file storage and data processing using the Internet, which is an excellent alternative to running on a personal computer or local server.

Beyond its definition, what is really important is that cloud computing has radically transformed business models and business strategies, making it possible to accelerate innovation processes and reduce costs, not only for large companies but also for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Cloud computing provides companies with greater flexibility in relation to their data, being able to access it from anywhere and at any time, which is ideal not only for companies with headquarters in different locations around the world, but also to facilitate collaborative work between individuals in the same location.

In short, cloud computing is an intelligent way to take advantage of the benefits of the hyperconnection provided by the Internet, helping to eliminate hardware maintenance costs and software upgrades, and allowing the integration of all company information in a single place.

And what does it bring to companies?

The main advantage is that it makes it possible to have all the company’s information updated in real time. In this sense, the cloud allows control of the data, being able to choose which users have access to what type of data and with what level of permissions. Another great advantage is the virtually unlimited storage capacity, which frees up the computer and improves its performance.

It also helps to generate a much more fluid communication between departments, avoiding errors, duplications, inefficiencies and wasted time. Especially if employees work remotely or in different departments, cloud computing favors collaborative work, allowing documents and information to be shared in real time. Another of its great advantages is especially valued in unforeseen situations of data loss, since data recovery is one of the key aspects. Through cloud computing, data will always be available, even if we delete it by mistake. In addition, it is a multiplatform technology, which means that it can be accessed from a laptop, tablet, smartphone or computer just by having access to the Internet.

In short, cloud computing provides businesses of any size, the ability to access a set of applications designed to manage all information related to different business processes remotely and integrated.

In Macrotest we have experience in the cloud, mainly Azure and Aws, with all our implementations we accompany the progressive implementation of this type of technological strategies, to improve and add value in the different business processes. Contact us!