Automation is not a new technology. Automation in industrial applications has been around for over fifty years, and the antecedent technologies behind it have been around since the 1930’s. Indeed, it could be said that automation was the inevitable eventuality of the Industrial Revolution. Automation broadly deals with removing or reducing human intervention in any process. In factories, it has meant, fewer workers on assembly lines. This work is now done by robots to the largest extent, but as with Automated Teller Machines better known by the common acronym ATM, a great deal of industrial automation is performed by artificial intelligence or AI software.
As technology advances, machines replace human workers. Some see this as a threat, but another way to look at automation is that it is freeing up humans to do the more important work, the work that humans are uniquely suited for, the intellectual and creative work. Increasingly, AI software is even performing mundane intellectual tasks. Automation creates more time for people to do things other than work. Before automation came along, people worked twelve or more hours per day, seven days per week. Automation means more time for socializing, more time for family, more time nurturing our children. Technology is not a threat; it is a tool that we can use to improve our lives and our moment-to-moment experiences.
In factories, automation has largely meant robots reducing human contact with products. This has also meant reduced human contact with industrial machines, which has reduced human injury in the manufacturing process. It has meant reduced human errors, as humans are poorly adapted to repeating processes with high fidelity, whereas machines are built precisely for it. Automation technology means safer and more efficient factories.
Automation performed by artificial intelligence technology has largely meant increased security in sensitive processes, not only processing banking transactions but also air traffic control safety. Google’s automated car was involved in only two accidents in hundreds of thousands of miles of driving. One accident involved the human driver taking over manual control of the vehicle, while the other accident involved another motorist rear-ending the automated car. Today, AI’s can even be adapted to surveillance technology to automate the process of identifying suspicious individuals or activity. Automation technology means a safer and more secure world.
Automation technology is not limited to robots in factories or AI software on industrial servers. Automation technology is also in wide use in homes and businesses. It includes everything from computers used for word processing, to printers, to lighting automation sensors. Automation is everything that has reduced human intervention in the last fifty plus years, so it includes dishwashers, garage door openers, and copy machines. I have an application on my computer called Automator. It allows me to write simple programs to automate common tasks on my computer. It saves me time.
Automation technology is everywhere. It is at every stop light, in every car, in every office computer, in every modern factory, and flying through the air. Today, it is increasingly in your home. Most of our savvy customers, know about home control, Crestron, RTI, and other controllers, but home control puts you in the driver’s seat. Automation takes you out of it. Automation takes away the bother of performing basic tasks. Light switches, shades, door locks, door & window openers, power consumption, all can be automated in your home or office, freeing you up to do what suits you best. Read a book in your favorite chair without having to turn on the reading light. Turn in to your bed at night without worrying if you locked the front door. Fulkra can tailor an automation program to your life and routine, so that you don’t have to worry about the little things and have more time for the important things. Automation is the most important thing that we do. Automation is your lifestyle set in motion by technology.
Call 877.738.5572 today to learn more about the benefits of Automation Technology for both commercial and the home. Fulkra services Orange County as well as all of California, the United States, Mexico and beyond!