The following four technology trends will shape innovation in 2022 and beyond, based on my observations in the technology business.

1. 5G Enterprise Implementation

Despite the fact that the Covid-19 pandemic hampered 5G deployments, by July 2021, it was anticipated that 80% of the US population had 5G coverage at home or at work, with 12% device penetration. 5G devices will almost certainly become more commonplace in 2022 as coverage in the United States and around the world expands.

Beyond smartphones, I believe that by 2022, businesses will be using 5G in industrial settings. The Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and sensor technology can all benefit from 5G's fast speeds and reliability, spurring the digitalization of healthcare, energy, transportation, and more. Companies can use 5G-enabled video to conduct remote inspections, uncover product faults ahead of time, and safeguard premises. Robotics connected to the cloud can synchronise production and logistics activities, automating formerly manual procedures to improve supply chain efficiency.

Businesses must also plan for the cybersecurity risks that software-defined 5G networks pose. To reduce risk and aggressively battle cyber threats, industry stakeholders will need to assess frameworks for security and testing standards. This involves embedding cybersecurity early in the software development lifecycle, adopting holistic, continuous security testing, and using virtual simulations to provide hands-on training for cybersecurity teams.

2. Strengthening Efforts to Promote Sustainability

Climate change is already having an influence on the world, with extreme weather and rising temperatures. According to NASA, the last seven years have been the warmest on record for the planet.

In 2022, climate change will almost probably remain a big factor for businesses. Increased energy consumption and carbon emissions are being driven by the rapid growth of connected devices, cloud computing, and data centres. As extreme weather events grow more common, businesses should rethink their supply chains to allow for greater flexibility, diversification, and resilience.

3. Quantum Computing Advancement

This year, I believe, will bring new quantum technology chances. Complex calculations that would take months or years on today's supercomputers could be completed in minutes on a quantum computer. Technology's simulation, optimization, AI, and materials science capabilities can provide significant benefits to a range of businesses. Pharmaceutical researchers could accelerate the development of new medications by simulating airflow over the wing of an aircraft they're designing.

4. Meeting Growing Demands for Design, Testing, And Validation Solutions

Between 2022 and 2025, the number of IoT devices is predicted to reach 30.9 billion, with global IoT spending expected to expand at a CAGR of 26.7 percent. Connected devices and systems must be able to resist the rigours of the real world as IoT applications emerge in autonomous vehicles, smart agriculture, smart energy grids, and more. As IoT scales in 2022, one of the most important focus areas for design engineers and device makers will be addressing these new software performance, reliability, and integrity standards.

The Next Wave of Technological Advancement

Although it's impossible to say what will happen in 2022, we can be certain that these trends will continue to influence our daily lives. I'm looking forward to seeing how technology businesses will use the power of a more connected world to drive positive change in business and society.