Browse Definitions :
Definition

autonomy as a service

Contributor(s): Matthew Haughn

Autonomy as a service is the offering of automated, fully unmanned systems by a service provider. The offering enables companies with little experience in automation to utilize automated systems they would be otherwise unable to manage. Under autonomy as a service, maintenance remains the responsibility of the automation provider.

This outsourced automation is used in autonomous mail sorting centers such as PostNL and 4G LTE, autonomous drone swarms created by Unmanned Life and the unmanned market aisle-cleaning systems of Brain Corp, for a few examples.

Unmanned Life’s autonomous drones could be used for delivery from webstores, retail phone orders and restaurant deliveries. Autonomous delivery drones could speed delivery, while reducing traffic and fuel consumption. Autonomous mail and shipping systems would speed delivery too, at the same time reducing dangerous work where injuries are common. Brain Corp’s cleaning robots' BrainOS allows them to handle tasks such as aisle sweeping, mopping and polishing in cluttered environments. The robots navigate around humans safely.

Autonomy as a service is considered a part of the fourth industrial revolution, the current and developing environment in which disruptive technologies and trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) are changing the way we live and work.

As is common with automation, autonomy as a service does take over tasks a human might perform for employment, potentially leading to what some are calling the robot economy. Due to this human replacement, many who have difficulty finding employment may not see this automation as progress. One solution proposed to deal with the employment problem is the provision of a basic living allowance.

See an introduction to Brain Corp's automation:

This was last updated in December 2017

Continue Reading About autonomy as a service

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

File Extensions and File Formats

SearchCompliance

  • risk management

    Risk management is the process of identifying, assessing and controlling threats to an organization's capital and earnings.

  • compliance as a service (CaaS)

    Compliance as a Service (CaaS) is a cloud service service level agreement (SLA) that specified how a managed service provider (...

  • data protection impact assessment (DPIA)

    A data protection impact assessment (DPIA) is a process designed to help organizations determine how data processing systems, ...

SearchSecurity

  • quantum key distribution (QKD)

    Quantum key distribution (QKD) is a secure communication method for exchanging encryption keys only known between shared parties.

  • identity theft

    Identity theft, also known as identity fraud, is a crime in which an imposter obtains key pieces of personally identifiable ...

  • cybercrime

    Cybercrime is any criminal activity that involves a computer, networked device or a network.

SearchHealthIT

SearchDisasterRecovery

  • disaster recovery (DR)

    Disaster recovery (DR) is an area of security planning that aims to protect an organization from the effects of significant ...

  • disaster recovery plan (DRP)

    A disaster recovery plan (DRP) is a documented, structured approach that describes how an organization can quickly resume work ...

  • business continuity plan (BCP)

    A business continuity plan (BCP) is a document that consists of the critical information an organization needs to continue ...

SearchStorage

  • cloud storage

    Cloud storage is a service model in which data is transmitted and stored on remote storage systems, where it is maintained, ...

  • secondary storage

    Secondary storage is storage for noncritical data that will not be frequently accessed.

  • logical unit number (LUN)

    A logical unit number (LUN) is a unique identifier for designating an individual or collection of physical or virtual storage ...

Close