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Going smart: How IoT technologies and automation can revolutionise laboratory practice

November 11, 2019 / Phoebe Chubb

Despite the risks and fears around the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it relates to wider questions around security and privacy, a number of benefits exist in the field of scientific innovation and discovery.
The adoption of the IoT into laboratories marks a major technological disruption. It’s implementation will replace an outdated and inefficient system with one which maximises instruments and researcher time to full potential, stimulating a new wave of scientific efficiency and therefore innovation. There is a tendency for some to continue old practices simply because it is what they have become accustomed to. The question “why change” is often raised. The answer is straightforward: change in labs is necessary. The current system, is stagnating progress as it does not make the most of the technological advances of the 21st century nor does it maximise equipment, time or researcher potential. We must make the most of the opportunities provided to facilitat...