This IDC FutureScape provides the top 10 predictions that will impact stakeholders in the urban ecosystem as regional and local government agencies look to modernize and transform IT systems, operational systems, and business processes. These predictions are designed to provide the strategic context to enable government leaders — from mayors and city managers to council members, CIOs, and innovation officers — to transform their organizations through the application of technology to real business challenges. This document encapsulates the IDC Smart Cities and Communities team’s collective understanding of major urban transitions and their impact on municipalities, counties, states, and regional organizations.
Automation is a clearly a top reason for companies looking into the use of robotic technology within their business processes. However, it is important to realize that, while many robots are designed for automating tasks, there are others that are designed to augment human capabilities rather than automate tasks. We tend to think of robots as either robotic arms or autonomous mobile robots operating autonomously in business settings. Such devices often focus on improving productivity and efficiency in business operations. On the other hand, there are several elements of robotic technology that are focused on improving human safety or giving humans increased strength, stamina, or precision. This post will take a look at a few examples of how robotic technology is enhancing human operators rather than automating tasks.