ROBO Global Index Series
|Primary Index Series||Live Date||Index Ticker||Download Fact Sheet|
|ROBO Global® Robotics and Automation Index||8/2/13||ROBO|
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ROBO Global Sub Index Series
|Sub Index Series||Sub Index Series Name||Live Date||Index Ticker|
|Thematic||ROBO Global® Robotics, Automation and AI High Revenue Index||6/25/14||ROBOHRNR|
|ROBO Global® Robotics, Automation and AI Growing Revenue Index||12/15/17||ROBOGRNR|
The ROBO Global Robotics & Automation Index is the original and leading stock index tracking the robotics, automation, and AI revolution for investors. ROBO provides investment exposure to a basket of best-in-class robotics companies around the world.
The index liquidity filter was modified in October 2014 and June 2017 as per the published index guidelines. The data shown is derived from the published index values.
Data prior to 16 June 2014 is based on simulated back-tested data.
The ROBO Opportunity
Robotics, Automation, and Artificial Intelligence (RAAI) is one of the most compelling investment opportunities of the 21st century. Daily media coverage of intriguing and widely adopted advancements in robotics attracts widespread interest in how these technologies are impacting our daily lives. Yet few investors are aware of the vast scope of RAAI and how its growth is accelerating across the supply chain.
Robotics and automation are already disrupting nearly every industry in every geography, creating a swift transition to an “automate or fail” economy that is dictating the success or failure of corporations large and small. Still in its infancy, this multi-decade technological transition is creating a unique opportunity for today’s forward-thinking investor looking to capture the tremendous growth to come for robotics companies globally.
Unique Quarterly Process for Company InclusionThe ROBO Global Index includes more than 80 robotics and automation stocks across 11 subsectors in over 14 countries. The Index is built to minimize risk by limiting reliance on the largest-cap players, and it is carefully structured to capture the growth of rapidly developing robotics and automation companies around the globe. Learn More Here
The ROBO Global® Industry Classification system includes 11 subsectors that focus specifically on the intersection between technology and its applications. The result is an investible universe of market leaders with strong growth prospects and revenue generation across the landscape of robotics, automation, and AI.
The technology-enabled automation of complex business processes drives greater simplicity, productivity, quality, transparency, sustainability, and ultimately greater competitive advantages for companies embracing a digital transformation. Ranging from data analytics and business intelligence to robotics process automation, examples also include voice assistants, chatbots, visualization and simulation software, and AR/VR. But automation isn’t just for IT processes. It can be applied to HR, finance, marketing, and R&D functions, streamlining workflows and automating hundreds of processes.
Autonomous systems are designed to responsively operate in a dynamic environment with minimal human intervention. This is typically achieved by using sensors to perceive environmental conditions, modeling appropriate responses to changing conditions using planning and control system modulation, and then controlling actuators to interact with the environment. Autonomous systems may use adaptive reasoning, machine learning, statistical methods, and other forms of artificial intelligence to refine their own responsive behavior and their models of external conditions. Examples include indoor and outdoor transportation systems, including surface and air vehicles such as autonomous mobile robots, drones, cars, trucks, and trains, as well as autonomous mobile robots for material handling and robotic cleaning machines.
The logistics and warehouse automation industry is at an inflection point as the boon in e-commerce continues to dramatically raise the bar for supply chain efficiency. From autonomous mobile robots and advanced storage systems to track & trace technologies, logistics automation enables increasingly speedy, safe, and error-free distribution, a shorter time-to-market, and ultimately lower costs to businesses and consumers.
Food & Agriculture
Feeding and sustaining the world continues to be one of our most important economic activities. A new generation of autonomous systems and data analytics tools are bringing the benefits of traditional automation, such as precision and the elimination of rote labor, to this domain. For example, precision agriculture offers the potential to greatly reduce costs and minimize our environmental footprint by applying water and fertilizer on an as- needed basis. Meanwhile, the food processing industry continues to automate aggressively to meet increasing demand for greater volume, lower costs, and more stringent safety requirements.
Computing & Artificial Intelligence
Robotic and autonomous systems must make decisions at various levels, from determining the state of the environment they are operating in to optimally planning actions and controlling motion. This is analogous to the way our brain functions, and it is what allows the processing of information that leads to actuation. Accomplishing this in an autonomous robotics system requires raw computing and processing power, as well as increasingly advanced software. Computing can vary from embedded systems smaller than a fingernail to hyper-scale datacenters implementing sophisticated algorithms—including artificial intelligence (AI). Advancements in AI, especially machine learning, are key to the growth of autonomous systems. The main advantage of AI over human intelligence is its high scalability, resulting in significant cost savings. Other benefits include AI’s consistency and rule-based programs, which eventually reduce errors. AI’s longevity coupled with continuous improvement and new growth opportunities are the reasons why AI is drawing wide interest.
As healthcare costs continue to rise globally, robotics, automation, and AI is poised to provide a countering force to this trend. Using robotics and autonomous systems in areas including rehabilitation, diagnostics, exoskeletons, and care for the elderly promises to drastically reduce costs and improve the quality of life for many people. In addition, as in all other application areas, robotics and automation can enable new capabilities that transcend cost-cutting, such as the use of robots for many types of precision medicine, including surgeries on the tiniest elements of the heart and lung, and neurological treatments.
In order for a system to exhibit autonomy and determine its own internal state, it must be able to sense its environment. This is referred to as exteroception and proprioception. For robotic systems, this level of sensing is important for the same reasons that exteroceptive senses (sight, sound, etc.), and proprioceptive senses (ability to know where our limbs are and what they are doing without directly observing them) are important for human beings—they enable us to perceive the world around us. Robotic systems, however, are not limited to the standard senses. In robotics, a sensor can be developed to detect almost anything that can be measured.
Actuation is the means by which machines interact with the physical world. For human beings, this mainly refers to our limbs and, in particular, our hands. Machines, however, are not limited to manipulation. Almost anything that has an effect on the physical world can be made into an actuator. Actuation techniques include electric, hydraulic (compressed fluid), mechanical, and pneumatic (compressed air).
Robotics and automated systems are made up of many components (sensors, actuators, and computational units), which can be distributed over large spaces. Integration consists of architecting a system to determine how components work together to achieve a defined objective in a robust, high-performance, and cost-efficient way.
Traditionally, things are built either by assembling separate parts together or by removing material from a larger work-piece. 3D printing (also called “additive manufacturing”) adds yet another way of building by depositing different types of materials where they are needed. One of the primary benefits of 3D printing is the potential for customization that is not economically feasible with traditional techniques.
Factory automation is an increasingly critical success factor in manufacturing as businesses pursue higher productivity and lower costs in the face of global competition. Automation also means workplace safety, as well as freeing workers from tedious manual labor to focus on strategic, high-level tasks that require human expertise. While the automotive industry was the first to deploy robotics and automation, many other industries are still in the early stages of adoption, offering significant growth potential.
The ROBO Global Index includes more than 80 robotics and automation stocks across 11 subsectors in over 14 countries. The Index is built to minimize risk by limiting reliance on the largest-cap players, and it is carefully structured to capture the growth of rapidly developing robotics and automation companies around the globe.
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