Use of Automation and Robots to Fight Coronavirus

by April 4, 2020

From the first detailed outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in China to the spread of it over the globe, Medtech organizations are turning out robots and drones to help battle it and offer types of services and care to those isolated or practicing social distancing. This pandemic has optimized the “testing” of robots and drones in broad daylight as authorities search out the most catalyst and safe approach to think about the outbreak and limit contamination and spread of the virus.

As one of the world’s most compelling tech trendsetters and a nation that had organized the headway of robotics technology as a key segment in its Made in China 2025 activity, when COVID-19 broke out in China it into a perfect time to see what robots and drones could do to help people in battling the virus.

Zoom’s video conferencing platform has detonated in popularity as stay-at-home commands have cleared the globe and some of the credit for having the option to keep up with demand goes to automation. “We have automation set up so we can rapidly scale our foundation, the network as well as the compute infrastructure with next to no human intercession,” said Alex Guerrero, senior manager of SaaS operations at Zoom.

That has made an interpretation of having the option to keep up with service levels when traffic levels are in transition and physical access to network infrastructure is constrained. Guerrero participated in a virtual panel a week ago intended to give an inside look at network operations at Zoom, Netflix, Dropbox and Equinix during the pandemic.

UVD Robots, a Danish organization formed from Odense University Hospital and Blue Ocean Robotics, has been at the front line of giving disinfection robots to China to help battle the spread of the virus. The organization consented to an arrangement with Sunay Healthcare Supply in February and has since shipped a considerable lot of its self-driving robots that disinfect hospitals and different areas with ultraviolet light. The organization said this confines the spread of coronaviruses without exposing medical clinic staff to the risk of contamination.

From that point forward, the organization has offered robots to areas in more than 50 organizations, expanding offerings beyond China to areas in Europe and the U.S. that are experiencing outbreak issues. “In an extreme emergency like this where the world health is undermined, our inventive innovation truly demonstrates its value,” said Per Juul Nielsen, the CEO of UVD Robotics.

UVD is additionally observing demands from beyond the hospital and healthcare space, including a prison that was having issues with Covid-19 cases among the prisoner population, said Claus Risager, CEO of Blue Ocean Robotics. He said the organization is getting enthusiasm for purchasing robots to clean office spaces, production floors, retail locations, grocery stores, airports, lodgings and cafés.

“On the medicinal services side, we developed from certain nations to numerous nations, and each customer is requesting more robots,” said Risager. “Yet, each one of those other market segments is even a much bigger market segment than healthcare.”

At Dropbox, network teams are likewise depending on automation capacities to stay up with increasing demand for the company’s cloud storage platform. Automation is one of the primary things that we’re doing with systems networking today,” said Dzmitry Markovich, senior director of engineering at Dropbox. “We seldom touch those devices physically.” Going from working in an office to working from home, without the typical social interactions, can be difficult progress that needs help, Markovich said. “I’ve seen it in our organization. I’ve seen it in various organizations. I perceive how individuals struggle. With the goal that’s imperative to remember.”

Dropbox is accepting the opportunity to take in best practices from its employees who are accustomed to working remotely. Monitoring efficiency is likewise significant. “We track our efficiency each and every week since we settle on various decisions within the organization on what the next week will resemble,” Markovich said. “At the point when everybody is working from home, it’s easy to lose energy. You have to have an unmistakable measurement to comprehend.”

Due to the infectiousness of COVID-19, it’s more secure if human-to-human contact is limited. Since robots are safe to infection, tech organizations, for example, and others have ventured capable of getting more robots marching through the main street to deliver for example medical supplies within healthcare environments. Robots are likewise ending up being important while delivering fundamental things to individuals who shop and buy online and are isolated at home. Meituan Dianping, a delivery application, increases their “contactless delivery” options through autonomous vehicles and robots. Shenzhen-based startup Pudu Technology intended to decrease cross-infection by implementing home delivery of drugs and meals via robot.

Within warehouses that support online shops, robots are likewise used to automate and streamline order fulfillment. The logistics affiliate of Alibaba, regularly referred to as China’s version of Amazon utilizes robots in its warehouses and has been engaged with getting medical aid donations to areas of China, for example, Wuhan that needs them for testing and treatment of the coronavirus.