Since technology vendors have discovered that end users can be a source of recurring revenue if they offer hardware and software as a service, it’s no surprise that robotics as a service, or RaaS, is an expanding model.
Even if you’re not familiar with RaaS, you’re probably already using similar services for cable television, streaming entertainment, or Microsoft’s Office 365.
Most discussions around robots as a service focus on hardware robots, but that’s not the complete picture. The true scope of RaaS includes both physical robots and software agents.
RaaS is available for consumer robots such as drones, service robots, and autonomous vehicles.
In the case of software, RaaS mainly includes virtual agents and “AI as a service,” but it could arguably also extend to hardware robots.
- Robotics as a service includes both hardware robots and software automation. RaaS is being applied to numerous industries, including healthcare, retail, and the law.
- You can use RaaS as a way to plan your adoption and integration of robotics or as a business model for offering new products and services yourself.
- RaaS is a way to enter new markets, but it will also accelerate competition.
RaaS use cases
What can RaaS do for you? Depending on your needs, there are many possibilities.
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