TECH SCOUTING AND FEASIBILITY
Wondering If and How Your Organization Can Benefit from Autonomous Systems?
Robocist guides government, business, and universities in exploring, evaluating, and executing autonomous systems – from driverless cars to robotic security guards to autonomous grounds maintenance – solving problems efficiently and cost-effectively in ways often not considered. Organizations increasingly rely on these automated systems to save time and money through increased productivity, reduced costs, and safer work environments.
What Autonomous Systems Can Do For You?
Drones and self-driving cars get all the headlines, but there’s more to autonomous vehicles and automated technologies than these high-profile applications. Here are some examples:
Security: Autonomous security officers provide more safety at a lower cost than their human counterparts (under $100,000 to buy or $6.25/hour to rent). Autonomous officers offer real-time visualization/video that’s more effective than stationery surveillance cameras, providing eyes anywhere.
Grounds Maintenance: Programmable machinery like The Spirit™ autonomous mower, self-driving dump trucks, and other maintenance equipment increase operational efficiency and safety while reducing ground maintenance costs. The Spirit, for instance, has an ROI of one to two years, considerably less expensive than the cost of hiring staff or contracting with a service. Studies Robocist conducted for a U.S. military installation indicated an ROI in as little as one year for certain applications.
Transportation: Autonomous vehicles efficiently transport people from point to point within education campuses, hospitals, office parks, and military installations. Businesses and military installations are exploring the integration of autonomous shuttles to transport employees and soldiers more efficiently. At Fort Bragg, for example, Robocist supports a demonstration project investigating the use of automated services to transport wounded warriors to and from residential and treatment facilities, with the goal of reducing the stress associated with self-transport and the consequences of missed appointments.
Transportation Planning: Safety, congestion and the associated expense are considered significant issues with today’s road-transportation system. According to the U.S. DOT, in 2014, 32,675 people died in motor vehicle crashes with an estimated annual economic cost of $242 billion and an additional $594 billion in associated costs from the loss of life and pain / decreased quality of life due to injuries. In the same year, due to congestion, Americans spent an extra 6.9 billion hours traveling and purchased an extra 3.1 billion gallons of fuel - costing $160 billion. Autonomous systems will reduce traffic congestion and fuel usage while improving air quality in EPA-designated non-attainment zones. Researchers at Columbia University concluded that fully autonomous vehicles can increase existing roadway capacity up to 273 percent impart through more energy-efficient driving patterns. Additionally, parking efficiencies associated with these vehicles reduce gridlock in congested cities by reducing the number of drivers cruising the block looking for open spaces. This activity alone is estimated to make up 30 percent of city traffic. In just one 15-block area, cruising was estimated to waste 47,000 gallons of fuel and generate 730 tons of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.
Material Handling, Warehousing & Logistics: Autonomous systems are already in wide use in warehouse and storage facilities. They can process up to 80 pallets per hour, reducing stocking and picking time dramatically, cutting labor costs, improving workplace safety, and decreasing human error. Automated cart and lift vehicles, for instance, operate more accurately and in smaller spaces than human-driven ones, allowing more efficient stocking. One warehouse increased its storage capacity by more than by 60 percent. Beyond the warehouse, autonomous systems transport materials, supplies and even mail securely within retail, office and medical facilities, improving efficiency and safety while potentially reducing costs.
Individual technologies offer value on their own, but truly transformative opportunities lie in putting them together to create a new competitive edge.
The Robocist Approach: Explore, Evaluate, Execute (E3)
With so many options available, it can be difficult to understand how to integrate autonomous systems with other technologies to create value for your organization – especially since the opportunities evolve as quickly as the technology itself. Our E3 methodology helps you navigate the complexity of understanding, planning-for and implementing emerging, disruptive technologies:
Explore: When you work with us, you receive a holistic, methodical, and technology-neutral exploration of emerging technologies like autonomous systems, robotics, electric vehicles, cleantech, and distributed-energy resources. We research options based on your current and future needs.
Evaluate: We look at your business models and evaluate multiple technologies to address core opportunities. Next, we put together a portfolio of solutions designed to accelerate ROI and amplify impact.
Execute: More than a list of possible technologies, we provide you with a plan of action to integrate the best options and generate a significant operational and financial impact.
Autonomous systems provide incredible opportunities for business, government, and academic organizations to experience improvements in efficiency, safety, and cost reduction. Harnessing the opportunities and benefits of autonomous technologies is an increasingly more important task for businesses, communities, and public-sector leaders. We’re ready to help you explore, evaluate, and execute the possibilities for your organization.
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