While the global population hunkers down behind closed doors to contain the spread of the Covid-19 crisis, our greatest ally against Coronavirus in many situations is technology.
It is keeping businesses alive with its infinite powers of communication and collaboration and replicating social interaction ‘virtually’. However, it is also carrying out even more vitally important tasks thanks to recent innovations in automation and robotics.
Robots have truly come of age in these trying times. Some fears about them ‘replacing humans’ have no doubt been put to rest, by a growing awareness of why that can be a change for the better!
This understanding will no doubt lead to a massive surge in interest in emerging tech – especially autonomous vehicles and AI-backed automatic production systems – going forwards.
Keeping production lines working
Much of the drive to develop sophisticated data communications in industry and logistics has been focused on improving and increasing productivity and profitability. The goal was to use automation and robotics to do things faster, cleaner and with a more consistent result.
However, recently AI-driven smart machinery has been fully demonstrating its ability to make up for workforce deficits. Robotic equipment in countless locations has quietly continued to support the manufacturing and delivery systems that provide us with essential items. All controlled from a safe distance by their socially distancing operatives.
The less obvious ways robots are helping
Nor is this dawn of a new era for autonomous technology all about factories and warehouses.
Even in service settings, there has been widespread recognition that robotics can serve a vital function. Rather than being a marketing gimmick or used for a ‘wow’ factor, service robots have become our virus-resistant workforce.
Orders to hire and buy sophisticated service robots driven by data has seriously outstripped supply due to the Covid-19 crisis situation.
Robots have been used for everything from dispensing pharmaceuticals, to delivering items to homes. They have even become an army of cleaners! Some advanced service robots are built to be able to carry out deep cleans even using harsh chemicals, often in places that are unsafe for humans to go.
The future belongs to robots
Therein lies one of the most powerful advantages of app development to drive automated and robotic equipment. It can keep on working 24/7 in situations when humans could flag, fail or be at risk.
From a distance, well configured and programmed robotics can be controlled seamlessly to complete an ever-expanding range of tasks.
Leaving humans to concentrate on their own priorities. Which, at the moment, largely pivot on staying safely distanced from each other.