1. Why are laboratories 10 years behind when it comes to digitalization?
At least that's what it feels like. Digitalization and networking are firmly anchored in people's personal lives: We store vacation pictures in the cloud, stream video on demand and can turn our lights or heat on at home while we're still on the road. Things are very different in the lab, where data is often still recorded by hand – sometimes even copied from the devices – and archived on paper. Central device control or data management? Error message! The reasons for this include multitudes of regulations and long product life cycles for laboratory devices. But does this have to be the case?
SmartLAB demonstrates how far innovation has come, and that modern technologies can absolutely be connected to older devices. Here, the regulated environment of the laboratory is not necessarily a barrier, but can even become a technology driver. Data glasses, for example, have no very practical use so far in daily life, but in the lab they can provide helpful support by displaying work steps for carrying out SOPs, or safety instructions.