Why do you need a control tower to monitor robots?
For any software robot user, why do you need to look into a robot monitoring center? If you run data entry automation or check company data, you will definitely be notified if any of your robots stop functioning.
You can send exception handling to the robot, if a computer or operating system is dependent on one robot. However, this is not possible for you to be notified while an automation process is happening. So, you will need a central server to monitor robots which we call the “Control Tower“. So the control tower can monitor the health of the robot. If one robot fails to report, it can notify the process owner.
Another important issue is if we can complete the process on time and we want to schedule a more critical process and the nearest deadline to run first. So scheduling can be visualized and allows process owners to optimize their process schedules to achieve a balance between resource utilization and meeting document delivery deadlines.
Another area is if the process is projected to be late, we need to run other robots to do some of these tasks. We can do it by looking at the schedule graph, so if the process owner needs to, he can start another robot to take on some of the tasks handled by the existing robot. While we can run parallel robots to ensure that we can meet the timeline to complete a job, other areas are useful for monitoring what tasks have been completed.
We may need to distribute tasks to different robots that can have a global list and can update which tasks are completed. This allows us to monitor the development of each robot. And also allows us to update other robots so that some tasks will be ready.
Here are the advantages of the control tower:
• Monitor robots’ health
• Coordinate work and processes between robots
• Transfer data from one robot to another robot
• Start the robot process
• Reschedule the robot process
With the help of distributing tasks to the robot with the control tower, all work can run smoothly and more dynamically.
Written by: Christopher Lim