The COVID-19 virus outbreak is changing the way we commute. Train terminals, airports, metro stations are now the virus hot zone. To limit the spread of the virus and protect passenger safety, it is required to implement the new safety measures that would maintain efficient passenger traffic flow, while automatically measuring the temperature of every passengers at the checkpoint.

The fact that the year of 2020 started off with a bang, so to speak, only accelerates the already rapidly on-going migration to the cloud. Haste in this case does make waste, however, and we are witnessing significant breakages in enterprise security architectures, with many singling out the increased use of public clouds as the leading cause of security compromise.

The growing trends of cloud computing, Big Data, mobile applications and globalized enterprises have contributed to the rising demands of real-time applications, with successful examples such as Work From Home, remote desktop, video conferencing, telemedicine and third-party payments. However, latency and interruptions between networking nodes are currently the primary challenges, as network traffics continue to grow exponentially from B2B/B2C e-commerce and other real-time applications. To meet the demands for QoS (quality of service), SD-WAN has emerged as a performance-boosting and cost-effective solution.

Medical applications are particularly time-critical since every minute matters. Therefore, healthcare institutes around the world have proposed and deployed the operating model of “connected ambulance”. The concept behind “connected ambulance” indicates an integration of networking, compute and graphical technologies to be installed in ambulance. These technologies will enable the ambulance with real time connectivity, data processing and video communications. In other words, the “connected ambulance” will function as a hub between patients and hospital, and preliminary diagnose can be performed to shorten the treatment procedure once the patient arrives the destination hospital. In fact, it is predicted that streaming of data and video will be one of the primary purposes of a connected ambulance.

With advancements in technology, the role of school buses has become more and more comprehensive, from merely transporting children to security incorporated vehicles. In fact, location-based tracking, attendance assurance and real-time video surveillance of both interior and exterior of the vehicle are among the most discussed requirements for school bus safety, due to risks regarding behavioral concerns of drivers and students while in transit. With the safety concerns in mind, educational organizations are adopting security technologies in their school buses to provide visibility of drivers and children, as well as the GPS/RFID tracking system to keep track of bus/student footprints.

For the past couple years, SD-WAN has been the remedy to networking challenges in various fields, such as medical, emergency rescue, retain and so forth, making it one of the fastest-growing technologies in decades. Indeed, the ease of deployments, simplified maintenance and application-prioritized performance have helped businesses improve productivity and reduce overhead. In fact, even construction industries can benefit from SD-WAN.

Thus far into 2020 it has not been business as usual as companies scrambled to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and rushed to implement a feasible work-from-home model in order to ensure a productive and secure workforce. To securely connect teleworkers to the enterprise networks, businesses must integrate multiple security functions into a single appliance, one that delivers not only end-to-end visibility for potential threats with zero-touch deployments but also flexibility for implementing security measures on the fly and simplicity for effortless centralized management.