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How industry should cope with the disruption ?

During these trying times when the industry is heavily affected with economical issues came up the pandemic called Covid 19 and disrupted the industry completely. We at Industrial Automation Magazine have taken an initiative to bring the industry together and share their viewpoints so that others reading can take measures accordingly to have minimal damage.

About the industry expert

Disclaimer: The views expressed in interviews are personal, not necessarily of the organisations represented.

Titli Chatterjee leading the research initiatives and engagements of NASSCOM in Industry 4.0/Smart Manufacturing and IoT. I am working closely with the government, industry leaders, startups and other stakeholders to highlight how tech can be a game changer at the industrial front and develop a roadmap in disruptive technologies for Indian IT-BPM industry

Has the present Corona Virus strain caught the world unaware and unprepared ?

The Covid-19 outbreak as a pandemic and its initial challenges of asymptomatic (human-to-human) transmission led to an average fatality rate of 1.5%. The delay between the frontline health experts and the central decision-makers proved critical. Absence of a Covid vaccine and other factors as per Global Health Index (GHS) major part of the world failed on maintaining the parameters of prevention, detection, response, health system, risk environment and compliance leading to a disastrous event since SARS

What are the implications for business in the near, medium and long term ?

Every country is now focusing on preventing the resurgence. We are compelled to adapt to models,lifestyles, habits that we were not acquainted to & embrace digital livelihood. Organizations are now keeping the radar tuned to changes in work. While the public health officials are pushing the healthcare systems to expand their tele-medicine approach through smart phones, tools & other tech interventions; Schools & universities have started to turnbto virtual learning. Along with many in-person conferences and events getting cancelled more of the webinars, virtual events are coming into play with platforms that combines video, networking & virtual tools. Digital would be the new normal with organizations re-building smart models, adopting design thinking to address unprecedented crisis and local manufacturing, particularly India would be edging toward the next manufacturing hub.

How can governments be better prepared to handle such pandemics in future ?

To address such pandemics, Artificial Intelligence can play a significant rule in prediting an outbreak and also stalling its spread. While a greater understanding of AI phenomena can empower the community, scaling back production that will not impact the means of livelihood would be rhe next capable system to work upon. This recommends governments commit to action to address health security risks, every country should have a health security index at place & should be measured regularly where transparency would be the key word. This would gradually help in focusing on financing and emergency response.

High accuracy thermal scanners are available but are not used possible due to high costs. Would they be more effective ?

Thermal scanners have managed to drive the market in generating whopping revenues used for scanning employees for fever - a key symptom of Covid-19. According to Cannon team, the scanners do accurately read temperature within .01 degree Celsius, however it does not detect the presence of Covid.

Now that businesses are getting used to the Work From Home culture, will this signal a paradigm shift ?

The enterprise ecosystem will experience the new digital livelihood, a shift of workplace with more businesses adapting to the Work From Home culture along with hosting bigger events & conferences. In addition, the Netflix amidst this paradigm shift will be a semblance to normalcy for people stretching their bandwidth.

Some analysts have suggested this crisis will boost automation and make a case for Lights Out manufacturing. Your comments ?

Although this crisis will boost automation at a huge scale, sparkling more innovations and implementation of Industry 4.0 technologies. However, adopting to a dark factory or Lights Out manufacturing is more of a futuristic approach with the developments and simulations at place. Optimizing efficiency & minimizing downtime would be the key.

What are the lessons from this crisis ?

Safeguarding consumer and workforce health should be a key aspect for businesses and governments. A robust medical infrastructure and reserves to address the underprivileged or migratory labour class should be another of the major concern. With a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) and the employees taken care of productivity should not be a major concern. Albeit the faltering economy might change rules.

#April 2020 Covid Special

To say the world is passing through trying times is to state the obvious. Also evident is the fact that for too long the world has been ignoring the warning signs of environmental degradation fuelled by human excesses and greed. But this is no time for ifs and buts, nor recrimination. Instead, the crisis should be used as an opportunity to make the required course correction to make the world a safer place for all living beings, and the ecological balance, restored. Industrial Automation invited a cross section of industry leaders to offer their views and possible course of action as a way forward from this situation, even as governments across the world and the people are trying to make sense from the still evolving scenario. To read the full cover story Please click here