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The Digital Handyman: An Era of Smart Repairs


April 1, 2016 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Advertising News


There’s a big change brewing in the world of technology, a change that promises to bring with it a wealth of new jobs, smarter industries and ultimately a more connected and streamlined society.

This change has been occurring naturally for some time, and for the most part we are already accustomed to technology making our day-to-day lives easier. In our homes, we run smart energy; communicating directly with our gas and electricity suppliers to monitor and analyse usage, and at work we can store our data in cloud technology making at accessible from anywhere in the world.

These advanced communication developments in the world of technology are referred to as being part of the Internet of Things (IoT); a term used to describe the global communication between everyday objects to create a more intelligent, efficient and cohesive world.

New vehicles now know when and why they need repairing, and can arrange their own appointments with garages via smart Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication. Our needs have been altered, and as a result a new wave of ‘repairman’ must be created in order to maintain and support our personal infrastructure.

According to Graeme Codrington, futurist at TomorrowToday Global, technically adept handymen and women will be needed imminently to get all our smart devices up and running. The ‘smart-home handyman’, as called by Codrington, will be our new repairman; helping us install, control, manage and even clean our connected appliances. These new professionals will need a unique set of skills; which we’re already seeing become part of the National Curriculum to educate and train younger generations in the advancing world of high-tech comms.

Some argue that jobs will be reduced as a result of new technology, but this is simply not the case. The requirements for particular roles will change; and we as society need to prepare for new needs. Yes, bionic and intelligent machines may replace some traditional manual tasks, but this leaves room for the maintenance and production of such machines, in an almost warped version of the Circle of Life.

CCS, along with many others, are already preparing and scenario planning for future technology impacts. We actively endorse the need for smarter communication and technology within the workplace, and understand that this also equates to a role out in other areas of life. If businesses and individuals are prepared, then the switch to smarter objects should be seamless, helping us build a stronger, smarter, and more technologically efficient Earth.

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