Cloud Robotics: The ever-evolving technology

By - Abhishek Agarwal, President – Judge India & Global Delivery at The Judge Group

Every chore has become so much more convenient for us with the advancement of both computers and software tech; we are in an era where AI has taken over various human involving tasks that used to take days or weeks for humans are currently being executed in seconds. A subject that is trending is Cloud Robotics and this tool-as-a-service has changed the way businesses operate; from transmitting vital papers to collaborating on multiple projects and disseminating calculated information. But what is Cloud Robotics? 

Cloud robotics is a branch of robotics in which AI-enabled bots use the network to carry out their functions. It is an ever-evolving field that enables robots to compute large sets of data, transfer and store intensive tasks in  the cloud. As robots have limited computational capacity, memory, and storage available in the captive servers, the cloud delivers limitless computing power, memory, storage, and, most importantly collaboration opportunities.

In recent years we have witnessed, how cloud robotics has proved to be not just profitable but also life-saving. According to a study conducted to understand the impact of Covid-19, 87 percent of “global IT decision-makers” anticipated Covid-19 to be a reason for organizations to expedite their cloud migration. Through an integrated cloud strategy and transformation journey, it was recommended that businesses must transform their many unique computing processes and data collaborating roles within their organization. All of these factors combine towards a cloud-first approach.

In the current scenario, cloud is more than just a cheaper data center; the AI –enabled serviceshave revolutionary potential to drive innovation, information computing, data analysis, and drive efficient task collaborations. It is not just about deciding how to effectively utilize cloud computing resources, but also about using new and unique pre-built cloud capabilities, requirement to increase productivity,and responsiveness in accordance with changing business needs. The fact of this adoption is measured by the growth results of Cloud service providers like Microsoft, AWS, AliCloud, and Google Cloud Platform. These solution providers have increased business volumes to grow from a 25% pre-covid growth rate trend to growing nearly 100% post -covid This cloud utilization expansion has yielded transformative results in areas such as process efficiencies and innovations,and CIOs believe that these solutions are the propellers fordriving change in the way organizations work to attain scale, speed, and efficiency.

But how exactly does it work?

The cloud platform is made up of high-performance servers with large database management capabilities. The computing equipment, mobile robots, and related equipment are housed in the core facility. The combination of cloud computing and robotics in disciplines such as image or video analysis, data mining, and many other process analytics functions previously managed by human intervention has driven the progress of cloud robotics in the field of multi-robot operations.

Cloud robotics’ computing activities are dynamic, and resources are made availableas and when required. Even though the actions are completed one at a time but the speed at which the robots work to compute information is unbelievable and the outcomes of its operations can be accessed seamlessly through networking technology.

There are various types of cloud computing services and cloud robotics differ from general data storage to utilizing cloud robots as a service that can enable operating different platforms and technologies remotely. The adoption of cloud robotics is gaining momentum from government and industrial clients primarily, but it is predicted that even individuals will follow suit as cloud robotics is an ever-evolving technology and the need to compute information, data and predict results is a must-have in the future for individuals too.

In spite of such efficiencies there exist numerous unresolved difficulties and challenges as maintaining the balance between real-time requirements of diverse situations and performance precision is concerning even for the robot memory, because the notion of cloud robotics is founded on real-time requirements for computing. Another perceptive challenge is better cloud security irrespective of the firewalls primarily because cloud storage involves remote storage of data.

The pitfall of this new-age solution does not just depend on the implementation of cloud services as It is critical to understand how to harness the cloud and its capabilities to develop a customized plan for business transformation. In order to transition and gain from cloud-tech prowess companies will have to invest in training and transformation, substitute fixed technology expenses with web services models, alleviate liquidity constraints, and invest in future growth on a variable usage cost-driven structure. Though industry, on the whole,has been working hard to develop new answers to future problems and concerns, cloud robotics due to its scalability is the projected solution to a variety of industries in the years to come.

On an ending note, I would like to share a success story of a Chinese home furnishing firm that used cloud robotics to connect its online and offline operations. Without the constraints of fragmented information-driven by individual systems, the chain was able to embrace a multichannel solution that aided in the execution of store-wise marketing campaigns driven by analytical data and customer history. The result had a direct positive impact on the business volume which increased at 13.3% growth YOY. The world is slowly embracing cloud technology and its impact on cloud robotics. It will be very interesting to see the course cloud robotics will take in the coming days.