There is a global need for doing things in new and better ways. As we progress in modern living, there are innovations in technologies to adopt, to improve the way we work, live, and interact with others and our planet.
We live in an era of constant changes because of technological advances, many in the last few years. This creates a shift to the Internet of Everything (IoE), the intelligent connectivity between physical devices, people, processes, and data to implement ‘smart’ solutions in our industries, workplaces, and homes.
Taking up these changes is a potential improvement in the quality of life for the world’s population and raising income levels in business. This year will be full of transformations and developments in edge technologies, so it is imperative to be aware of the trends and changes to prepare for a short and long-term plan.
This year it is expected a versatile upgrade in automation will allow the following technologies to combine, work with, and beneficiate from each other:
Automation combines several technologies and processes to perform tasks reducing human assistance. The main goal of automation is to get work done faster with less use of resources.
The beginning of automation dates to the Greeks and Arabs, between 300 BC and 1200 AD, with the invention of a float regulator for water used to keep accurate track of time, a device similar to the ball and cock of a modern flush toilet. That was the first feedback-controlled time mechanism, replaced in the 14th century by the mechanical clock.
One of the most significant applications in the history of automation was the automatic telephone switchboard, introduced in 1892 with the dial telephone, which was the inspiration for the digital computer. Or during the 1940s and 1950s, the techniques developed in the space age, such as the theory of discontinuous automatic control, became used in navigation systems, fire-control systems, and electronics..
The main benefit is faster production with less cost, but automation is not necessarily meant to replace people, as some political pundits would have you believe. On the contrary, as you become efficient using automation, human involvement becomes less frequent but more significant because automation can encourage machine and human interaction to create the best possible solutions for ‘smart’ work and ‘smart’ living.
Other benefits of automation include:
By automating tasks in your company, your staff can take on multiple tasks simultaneously; and spend more time making a higher impact on your business. Leave the repetitive tasks to the software.
Automating your most challenging or time-consuming tasks will allow you to complete work faster and with fewer mistakes. You will know how and when processes, tests, updates, workflows, etc., are happening, how long they take, and when or why a failure may occur. By leveraging automation, you can look at processes to analyze data to improve your company's tasks and overall environment.
It helps simplify daily tasks and communicate better with all different departments, which translates into better performance. As you automate tasks, processes and workflows are automatically recorded, helping you to respect and follow all the regulations. In addition, having the information stored is helpful during any audits.
Automation can help you enable additional security measures for confidential information, as it lets you store content digitally and protect data using multiple layers of authentication. It provides you visibility into your processes, allowing your team to have a better sense of their own tasks and overall performance to look for areas that might need improvement.
When business processes are controlled manually, there is a bigger chance of resource waste. Automation allows for better control of your operational costs and resources. It is beneficial for managing energy usage as well.
Aside from upgrading their businesses, organizations are also thinking about investing in green technologies and sustainable practices to reduce their carbon footprint. Minimizing the environmental impact is crucial if we want to reduce climate change and protect the planet for future generations.
It doesn’t mean you are forced to choose between one or the other; on the contrary, they go together. Automation also has many benefits that positively impact sustainability, including reductions in emissions and energy consumption. By integrating sustainable technologies and automation, you can reduce costs, create ‘smart’ solutions and enable growth while focusing on sustainability.
Use automation to make your business more productive and sustainable while saving money simultaneously.
The benefits of automation are for everyone. If organizations and governments join in conscious transformation, they will shape the future of industries, cities, and how individuals interact with technology.
If we want to do better for the planet and future generations, we must consider environmental impacts and more innovative use of resources. Sustainability and efficiency must merge to improve the environment, business, the economy, and the future.
An easy example of how automation can help minimize the impact of your company on the environment while saving costs (and without doing much) is installing a programmable thermostat to regulate the temperature in your office. You can set it to stay at energy-efficient levels all the time, put it on a temperature during office hours, and raise it a bit during non-working hours.
Another example is the automation of the workplace. In the last two years, the pandemic has changed a lot of things. Companies needed to adjust the work environment to provide flexibility for remote work or force operations to be digitalized quickly. This made the communication of employees with the organization a crucial challenge and a more significant security risk than before.
Consider automation for manufacturing. As companies struggle to make resilient improvements, they should enhance supply chains to avoid shortages and rising costs. With automation, they can design a better self-reliant plan by mapping the supply chain entirely, identifying all exposures to inflation risks and supply, and exploring techniques for mitigating the risks with suppliers.
There are many new factors to consider, and automation is essential for operating a successful company today.
This year will be crucial for innovation and developments in the tech industry and will continue for the coming years. The opportunity to start automating or upgrading your automation journey is today.
You should begin developing a sustainable business model and consider whom to partner with, who to work with, and who to buy from. Covering the following points:
There are many challenges when operating a business in the present, as the IoE is changing every aspect of modern life. Workplaces and homes are becoming ‘smarter’ and more efficient as machines and humans work together.
The adoption of automation is one of these central challenges because of the cost of investing and maintaining the technological infrastructure, the need for specialized skills and support to operate and maintain the systems, and the adaptation of the employees’ experience.
To make the best decision, companies have to ensure the right choices in every aspect of their operations, like choosing the right technology and following the right trends. Not knowing how to choose correctly may lead to significant losses for any business.
One way to overcome these challenges is through collaboration and partnership. It is key to choose the best tech partner, as they will help you know and understand the technology to take your business to the next level.
Companies can form partnerships with other organizations to share the cost and expertise required to develop and implement automation systems. By working together, companies can enhance the strengths and resources of multiple entities, letting them create more efficient and cost-effective automation solutions.
Partnerships can help accelerate innovation in the technology industry and drive economic growth by leveraging the strengths of the entities in the network.
In IoE Corp., we created our Planet Partner program, which offers an innovative and sustainable infrastructure called Eden, designed for Online Private Gardens, taking advantage of this technology to enhance success in areas where success can be limited.
The Planet Partner program provides vital resources, tools, skills, training, and support to help you transform your business. Some of the profits of our program are the following:
Eden is a decentralized, sustainable, secure, and autonomous virtual infrastructure to connect devices and sensors directly to each other, instead of a central server, to improve the performance and security of IoT networks. Eden provides the following benefits:
As the data is processed and distributed across multiple devices, this can help to reduce failures because you don’t have a single point of failure, which also improves the scalability and reliability of the system. Also, you can monitor and control the local network in real-time to reduce latency and increase the system's efficiency.
The devices and sensors communicate directly instead of being connected to a cloud. This improves the efficiency and speed of the system, as data can be transmitted and processed more quickly, and eliminates the need to rely on a third party to make decisions.
A decentralized system is less vulnerable to a single point of failure or malicious attacks because it has no central server that can be targeted. In addition, it's harder for cybercriminals to hack multiple devices or sensors instead of just one centralized point.
In a centralized system, resources, such as processing power and storage, are typically concentrated in a central server. With a decentralized system, the resources are distributed across multiple devices, improving the system's efficiency and utilization.
A decentralized system is more flexible because it communicates devices and sensors directly with each other, enabling them to be added or taken out of the network. This makes them more adaptable to changing conditions and allows them to evolve and grow with the market.
Overall, automation is a technology with the potential to change the way businesses operate, driving greater efficiency, cost savings, and increased productivity. By overcoming automation challenges and embracing a partnership, you can transform your company for the future and achieve success in the modern business model.
We are now accepting EDEN Partner applications. Please apply here if you want to learn more, and we will reach out shortly.