Crisis as a Trigger
for Technological Revolution

The COVID-19 pandemic led to such secondary effects as the total self-isolation of the population, the reorientation of communications and management processes to make them online, and many companies' adaptation for the healthcare needs. The epidemic forced humanity to stop, but this is a stop before leaping forward into a new technological revolution.

Leap Forward During the Crisis

"The pandemic's silver lining is the chance to experiment with technologies and co-operative approaches across borders that could lead to safer, more sustainable and more inclusive global futures," writes Sanjeev Khagram, Dean of Thunderbird School of Global Management (India).

According to the punctuated equilibrium theory established in 1972 by biologists Stephen Jay Gould and Niles Eldredge, the populations of living organisms usually evolve by leaps. As a rule, leaps tend to occur in short periods of time when species are in crisis. Today humanity is going through just such a period.

Against Bacteria, Fungi and Viruses

The hypothesis of a leap caused by the crisis has already been confirmed by the Moscow industry. For example, the Moscow Research and Production Enterprise Melitta has supplied unique pulsed ultraviolet units of the Alpha series to 500 hospitals across Russia. The product developed by the Moscow company can completely destroy all types of indoor bacteria, fungi and viruses in just 2-5 minutes.

Do Not Touch!

In the midst of the pandemic, the Moscow plant of Renault Russia cooperated with the Moscow government to launch a pilot project for contactless, autonomous delivery of goods at the infectious hospital in Kommunarka. The medical institution has been using drones to automate the delivery of linen and food between the utility and hospital buildings. Thus, it has been possible to reduce the staff workload and optimize the time to urgently and effectively fight against COVID-19.

High-tech solutions are used not only for the production of drones. More than 100 stationary robots at the Renault automobile plant in Moscow perform complex welding, painting and assembly operations, while over 160 unmanned vehicles deliver parts and components.

Disinfectant Mist

Another innovation introduced by Moscow manufacturers during the pandemic is the SterilGate disinfecting arch by Insight Expo. An unusual device has already been installed at the entrances to the West Plaza business center. Passing through the arch, the visitor gets into disinfectant mist, as a result of which clothes, shoes and open areas of the human body are disinfected. And all this only takes 3 seconds.

From Mercedes to Microsoft

Now look at foreign experience. Upon the UK government order, Mercedes Formula One has developed and began producing a device capable to deliver oxygen to the lungs without invasive ventilators. The main advantage of the innovation is that now COVID-19 patients can be treated in conventional therapy wards.

And the joint cloud-based development of General Electric Healthcare and Microsoft can translate the ventilator readings into graphs in real time, and quickly identify patients at risk.

There is another interesting innovation by Microsoft that will undoubtedly take its place on the medical service market. It is a chatbot to test people for potential coronavirus symptoms. A virtual assistant can at once consult incomparably more people at a time than even the largest call center.

It stands to mention the product developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which allows you to integrate the routes of mobile users with patients' data. Thanks to this, all the people who have recently crossed paths with a sick person can be notified about the need to monitor their condition.

The epidemic has become a trigger to accelerate the development and implementation of new progressive ideas. Well, even a quick look at the latest innovations shows that the world has taken a decisive step towards a new stage in the fourth industrial revolution.
Yakov Goldshtein
CEO, NPP Melitta:
"The main advantage of our product is the combination of high efficiency and processing speed proven by a number of laboratory and clinical studies in accredited testing centers and clinics in Russia and abroad. At the beginning of the year, the 48th Central Research Institute of the Russian Ministry of Defense successfully tested our new-generation devices for disinfecting the surfaces contaminated with SARS-CoV-2. "
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