The last two decades have seen incredible advances in technology, with many new technologies emerging and older ones improving and becoming more widespread. This has had a huge impact on almost every aspect of our lives, from the way we communicate and do business, to the way we access and consume entertainment, to the way we live our daily lives.
One of the most significant technological developments of the last two decades has been the rise of the internet. The internet has revolutionised the way we communicate and access information, allowing us to connect with people and resources from all over the world. In the early 2000s, dial-up internet connections were still common practice, access to the internet was limited to computers. Today, however, almost everyone has access to high-speed internet runs through a range of equipment within homes and work, from phones and other mobile devices, and the internet has become an integral part of daily life for many people.
Another major technological advancement has been the proliferation of mobile devices. In the early 2000s, cell phones were still relatively basic and were primarily used for making phone calls and sending text messages. Today, however, smartphones are ubiquitous and are used for a wide range of purposes, including making phone calls, sending text messages, accessing the internet, and running a variety of apps.
The last two decades have also seen major developments in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). AI refers to the development of computer systems that can perform tasks that typically require human intelligence, such as recognising patterns, learning from experience, and making decisions. In the early 2000s, AI was still in its infancy and was primarily used for research and development purposes. Today, however, AI is being used in a wide range of applications, including virtual assistants, self-driving cars, and even in the medical field.
Another significant technological advancement of the last two decades has been the rise of social media. In the early 2000s, social media was still in its infancy, with sites like MySpace and LinkedIn being popular. Today, however, there are a wide range of social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and Instagram, that are used by billions of people around the world. Social media has revolutionised the way we communicate and connect with others and has had a major impact on the way we consume and share information.
The difference in generations who have been seen the technology boom is noticeable, within the older generation, there are some who still do not use the internet not because they don’t want to, more because they don’t know how. Although children are more inclined to be able to pick up a devise and use it without any instruction.
IPS Ltd has developed its technologies over 14 years and continues to do so, meaning that our systems have been in a daily lifestyle both in industry and in the private sector. The everyday use of Mifare technology within ID Cards has meant that individuals tap their cards against readers such as access control to Mifare readers against cashless catering systems. Our automation for bursaries and e-top up means that there is always credit on ID cards for catering. We read information from Management information systems to advance safeguarding policies, meaning that if someone has left employment or as an example a student has withdrawn from a course then their access to the premises are not granted.