How COVID-19 Has Shaped the Future of Work: Game-Changing Technologies in the Workplace
In light of COVID-19, office working procedures that implement IoT, AI and machine learning are the new workspace technology 2021.
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After the invasion of COVID-19, most IT companies moved to “work from home” mode due to safety reasons. Communication was the biggest challenge that they had to face during these transitional times. With the coming of vaccines, many companies have again started functioning from their own office buildings. They have improvised their work patterns with some interesting game-changing technologies.
Office working procedures that implement IoT, AI and machine learning are the new workspace technology 2021. These game-changing technologies consist of robots for helping with work, IoT-powered social distancing, and more. The upgraded software solutions and technology have proved to be the disciplined way of innovation during the pandemic.
AI and ML in Contactless Thermal Screening
To check the temperature of all employees coming to the office, a thermal temperature measurement tool is required. To increase distance and decrease contact between the thermal checkups, the thermographic screening method can be utilized. This technology uses cameras with infrared vision that measure the temperature of each individual and send alerts if anyone with a high temperature is detected. The camera is capable of checking 100 people at a time and sending data to a device with the help of AI and machine learning technologies.
AI Sensors and ML for Interaction Tracking
Wearable devices that produce an alert when employees are not standing within the permitted distance have been installed at some companies. Through this, employees will be aware of social distancing by the use of a sensor-powered secure distance system. This system is again made by combining the power of AI and machine learning.
The famous motor company Ford introduced watch-like devices that prevent people from getting close to each other.
Amazon implemented a contactless monitoring device called Distance Assistant, an AI-powered screen with green circles around employees to maintain social distancing.
Robots in the Workplace
For sanitation and disinfection, Milagrow Humantech developed a disinfection robot that leverages light detection and ranging technology and simultaneous localization and mapping technologies to navigate the premises and sanitizes the floors without any human intervention.
McDonald’s has also been testing robots to optimize the cooking process and speed up services, which will help to reduce the human staff to be present in a space at any given time.
There are robots called cabots or collaborative robots that are designed to support humans in their work. Cabots can lift and shift products and the physical burden on employees is reduced and social distancing is easily maintained.
Looking Into the Future
IoT solutions, AI, and machine learning are among the many innovations that improve safety within the workplace and ensure that firms can survive the coronavirus crisis. It is proved that technologies can transform the working environments and can shield business operations from disruption.
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