Automation Anywhere: free software bots to combat COVID-19
Users of Automation Anywhere’s free Community Edition - the company’s free version of its web-based, cloud-native digital workforce platform - can gain access to the Community Edition Bot Pack, which includes a library of free and ready to use software bots to help not only automate a wide range of simple tasks but complex business processes too.
The announcement comes as part of the company’s efforts to enable business continuity and employee productivity amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Intelligent automation has become a force of good to help reduce risks and increase efficiencies, from frontline workers to back office experts,” said Milan Sheth, EVP - IMEA of Automation Anywhere. “By offering free, ready to use bots, we are tearing down barriers to innovation and problem solving – making it easier for individuals and businesses the world over to come together as a community and start a grassroots movement to combat Covid-19 through the power of automation.”
Developed by intelligent Robotic Process Automation (RPA) experts at Automation Anywhere and the global RPA developer community, the free bots have been designed to automate processes in key business areas impacted the most by COVID-19 such as: business continuity, remote working, employee productivity and team communications to name a few.
The Community Edition Bot Pack: A library of ready to use software bots
The remote employee cloud backup bot
The remote employee cloud backup bot, allows companies to automate repetitive, manual processes to help employees to work remotely, as well as establish cloud backups in order to protect their work. Combined with the Slack notification and Salesforce report extractor bots, companies can also facilitate business continuity and communication across distributed teams.
The Excel data lookup bot
The Excel data lookup bot, this bots helps employees find data based on a column or row in an Excel document.
The essentials shopping assistant bot
The essentials shopping assistant bot allows companies to search online sites in order to automatically identify local stores with essential items in stock such as disinfectant wipes, hand sanitiser, and toilet paper. The bot then provides updates via email.
The advisories bot
The advisories bot, this bot collects the relevant policy information in localities, as well as providing national and global stats relating to COVID-19 outbreaks and trends.
“Automation Anywhere will continue to expand this free offering with new bots added every week to help businesses and individuals stay productive in these turbulent times,” commented Automation Anywhere in a company statement.
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Startup Extend Robotics launches VR-controlled robot arm
The company, which produces robotic hardware for industries including healthcare, services, utilities and electronics, says the Robot Toolkit can be controlled in real-time via virtual reality, allowing for a high level of dexterity and reachability.
Extend Robotics’ partners include Nvidia, BT, Queen Mary University London, University Hospital Birmingham, Britbots and Innovate UK, with the company hoping to make dextrous teleoperated robotics more accessible by lowering prices of both hardware and control systems.
In a press release, Dr. Chang Liu, the company’s founder and CEO, said: “At Extend Robotics, our vision is to extend human capability beyond physical presence. Our mission is to democratise dexterous teleoperation at scale over the next three years, designing cost-effective robotic arms capable of remote operation from anywhere in the world, using cloud-based teleoperation software.
“Our latest cybernetic bartender robot demo is a great example of an ‘out of the box’ teleoperated robot solution for the service and catering industry. We also plan to develop VR-controlled teleoperated robots featuring highly accurate, smooth and consistent, human-like movements to improve safety conditions and boost efficiencies across a number of other sectors: from agriculture and healthcare through to the utilities and energy industry.”
The company is developing the technology for wider commercial use, with its demonstration highlighting the applicability of the technology to the hospitality industry.
“Right now, as we approach the end of the COVID-19 crisis, we expect to see remote working as ‘the new norm’ across many industries, for numerous health, safety and environmental reasons,” said Liu. “2020 has been an incredibly challenging year for humanity, yet our hope at Extend Robotics is that the recent acceleration in R&D of remote teleoperated working robots will soon result in a wide range of safe, secure and affordable dexterity robot solutions across a number of industries worldwide.”
(Image: Extend Robotics)