The Importance of Digitalisation

Published June 4, 2020

Now more than ever, the importance of digitalisation must be underlined, especially after a worldwide crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The world literally switched to teleworking after the orders of quarantine. This required trainings for a lot of people who were not used to work remotely; companies, schools, universities, governments, everyone had to adapt their way of working.

Today, we can agree on the fact that the Internet plays an essential role in our lives. Some people, such as Ephrat Livni, even say that the Internet should be a “public utility”, like a basic need. Indeed, during quarantine, having access to Internet not only allows you to keep working, but it also provides you with news and information, – be cautious regarding misinformation though. Besides, you can continue to have social interactions with your family and friends, such as digital lunches or coffee breaks. Did you know that the United Nations declared the access to Internet as a human right in 2016?

The European Investment Bank (EIB) confirms the value digitalisation brings to companies in the current crisis and expresses that this crisis is a turning point towards digitalisation. As a matter of fact, companies which are fully digitalised were more productive than traditional companies as they already had the tools to manage it right.

Digitalisation of businesses

According to the EIB, most of EU countries are running behind the USA regarding the digitalisation of their economy and its multiple sectors. In fact, four European countries are ranked better than the USA in the digitalisation of their economies: Denmark, the Netherlands, Czech Republic and Finland. And there is one sector in which Europe is ahead of the USA: 3D impression. The building sector is the sector which has the biggest gap compared with the USA:

40% of EU building companies are partially or totally digitalised whereas the percentage is 61% for the USA.

The EIB explains this phenomenon as a consequence of the late adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) by Europe. However, Belgium is well ranked in this field ahead of the USA and the rest of the EU, especially in the 3D impressions and buildings. Belgium records also greater scores in virtual reality technologies and online platforms in service industries as well as in artificial intelligence, big data, online platforms in the infrastructure sector.

As part of the Belgian IoT sector, bcheck’s remote monitoring of heating installations has proven to help customers during the lockdown period. Indeed, they could ensure their own customers comfort, moving only when necessary, and making sure they installations are running efficiently. Contact us to see how we can help you with your digitalisation.

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Le Soir, “Coronavirus – Digitalisation : l’UE en retard sur les USA, la Belgique plutôt bien classée”, 20 april 2020,, Accessed 4 June 2020.

Lavni E., The Coronavirus Crisis Proves Internet Should Be a Public Utility, Quartz, 26 March 2020,, Accessed 4 June 2020.