What Is Smart Automation?
The goals of automation are efficiency and effective use of resources using machinery including computer systems. It has the promise of improving the way that a business is run. It has the advantage of being able to handle the minute details of running a business effectively, controlling a business’s resources and getting the most out of them while reducing overhead. Technology has improved over the years, and it is expected that more businesses will adopt automation in the future because of the advantages that it provides for them.
Every business wants to run a leaner and meaner company without any unnecessary sacrifice. The more money a business can save on overhead the more profit they can make. When it comes to using smart automation in the workplace, one of the major advantages that it has is the ability to reduce overhead by using computer systems to monitor a business. These computer systems can take control and can make sure that resources are being used effectively and efficiently. There are many overhead costs of running a business that can be streamlined, that can be reduced, that can be operated in a manner that saves a company money.
Increase Security And Target Hardening
In the world of corporate security, one of the major concerns is target hardening. Target hardening consists of all the techniques that are used to make a property less susceptible to crime, injury and other security maladies. Automated systems can be used to increase the security of a business. This can be the physical protection of the building via computerize locks, video security systems that run automated systems that do not need humans to monitor them; it can even be automated systems that protect resources such as computer systems and a company’s data.
Control Electrical Costs
Smart automation has the advantage of controlling the minute details of a number of resources that a company uses. One primary resource that a company uses is electricity and it is not cheap. Automated systems can determine how best to run an electrical system. It can choose how to get the most efficient use of the electricity that a company uses. It can be as simple as turning off computers, turn off lights, turning off other electrical assets when they are not being used. Some of the more intelligent automated systems can determine if someone is in a room and which resources need to have power applied to them or not.
Smart Climate Control Systems
Another huge electrical footprint is a company’s HVAC system. Climate control is very important to every business. HVAC systems draw a lot of electricity and cost a lot of money to run. The truth is that if you can more efficiently run your climate control system, the more money you can save. Automated systems can run programs that change the amount of electricity that the HVAC system runs at various points of the day or night. Even company’s who use security personnel to handle this can benefit from an automated system that is not prone to the mistakes that humans can make. More importantly, these systems work as a failsafe and keep tight control over the climate control system and the amount of electricity that it draws, saving a company money.
There are many systems in business that have the outcome and the goal of monitoring people and creating protocols where people are efficiently managed to reduce waste. When you apply this too smart automated systems in the workplace, you can have a myriad of protocols for these programs. Some businesses use automated systems for payroll reasons; they use it to determine who is at work and at what time, destroying the need for the ancient and antiquated Timesheet. Other systems can determine if workers are working efficiently, this is especially true in factory settings where production and efficiency are the most important thing. There are even companies that can monitor break time and other such things automatically to find out where their employees are wasting time and money.
One trade magazine on automation has an article about how a company was using smart automation to control the movement of their workers. Not just being used as a tool for monitoring purposes but creating signals to control workers. This company was using it to shut down their coffee machine, close and lock the break room., to turn off the power to vending machines and lounging areas so that their workers would not be able to waste time. This might be a very controlling use of automation, but it shows the amount of power these systems can give to a business and how it can aid efficiency in the workplace.
Conducting The Symphony
Under the hood of all smart automation systems in the workplace, you will find software that allows management to control automation. The intelligence of these systems is what gives the ultimate ability to control all the aspects of automation that were discussed in this article. There are standalone automation software programs that can be used with a myriad of hardware devices giving extended use and precise control over them. Some experts in the industry believe that the next evolution is in this type of software that operates as the brain of various hardware that can be controlled automatically.
As you see, there are a myriad of ways for smart automation to be implemented in the workplace.