Robots eliminate labor shortage: experience of Singapore

Singapore enterprises are massively switching to robotic systems due to a shortage of labor. According to the country’s Ministry of Human Resources, quarantine restrictions during the pandemic have deprived the Singapore market of 235,700 foreign workers, which has now become extremely negative for production. However, in search of a quick solution, business turned its attention to robots, the level of which today already allows them to replace human labor.

For example, construction contractor Gammon began using Spot’s four-legged robot to scan areas of dirt and gravel. The system performs the necessary calculations and measurements, and the data is transmitted to the dispatcher. Spot halved the staff of the team that previously performed this work.

“Replacing the need for on-site workforce with autonomous solutions is gaining momentum,” said Gammon CEO Michael O’Connell.

In turn, the National Library of Singapore has also “hired” two robots that scan the labels of 100,000 books in just a day. Employees say that this approach has significantly reduced various routine and labor-intensive operations when working with literature. And in the metro of the city there are already 30 robots that prepare coffee for passengers.

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