Research automation is fueling innovation in various industries today. Automation eases work processes, allowing individuals and businesses to develop innovative solutions to their challenges.
The impact of automation on work processes is undeniable. Most businesses today apply automation to increase the efficiency of their operations. Apart from making day-to-day operations easier, automation has resulted in creative resolution of business problems in areas such as logistics and asset management.
Industries Where Automation Has Fueled Innovation
The medical industry has reported increased automation from unique applications such as smartwatches and health monitors that help in the automatic collection of patients’ data on critical organs and body processes such as blood-sugar levels and blood pressure.
For instance, people with diabetes are now relying on mobile applications for the management and treatment of diabetes set by their medical provider to track the proper times for them to inject insulin. Reminded by a simple beep at the set time, a person with diabetes can consistently and accurately inject insulin from home.
Business Automation and Innovation
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning provide modern businesses with tools to automate processes such that robotics are an everyday reality in many industries. The power of automation is now closer to the end-user than ever before. Also, automation helps in employee empowerment and the delivery of better customer support. For instance, the use of chatbots is increasingly gaining momentum among businesses.
In marketing efforts, chatbots are effective in engaging customers, and they are being revised and rolled out to spread content and target customers. The future of chatbots promises more innovations with automation of messaging to accommodate automated responses to assist customers in their buyer journeys.
Businesses will not leverage chatbots merely for the sake of operational efficiency; they will also use them to save time and speed up delivery of information and services to the market.
The sports field also enjoys the benefits of automation with which athletes can track their fitness and practice goals by logging distance covered on wearable trackers that automatically record relevant data.
In IT, the automation of processes is widespread in both legacy systems and hybrids in both large and small businesses. IT functions, in particular, are now designed around the IT process automation (ITPA) model to achieve more efficiency with automation.
In IT security, automation has created room for innovation, and organizations are using automation to secure data and consistently monitor the availability of system resources. Thus, the management of virtual computing resources in the cloud can be tracked from anywhere and managed to support business continuity and recovery.
With the need to improve operational efficiency, IT process automation is proving resourceful in the development and improvement of business operations. Telecommuting infrastructure allows employees to communicate and work remotely. As a result, it promotes teamwork and enhances the retention of top talent.
Forestry and Logistics Management
In forestry and logistics management, the use of unmanned surveillance drones is on the rise. Future versions of the technology will be featured in fleet management systems in which vehicles fitted with trackers are rolled out with the capacity to track the mechanical diagnostics of vehicles. Automation of this nature makes scalability possible and enables a heightened level of security for fleets en route to deliver goods.
This is also true for unmanned surveillance drones, which work to support management of large-scale forestry resources by automating the collection of data. Future applications involve the pairing of mobile apps with such technology for automatic alerts on events occurring in forests and sending them to centralized monitoring centers.
As such, it is clear automation is already powering an array of innovations through its application in various fields.