Aethon focuses on the healthcare industry. Using autonomous mobile robots, Aethon automates the transportation of heavy materials such as bulk laundry, cleaning products, and clinical supplies. In addition, these TUG machines can safely move hazardous waste, says Forrester analyst JP Gownder. Aethon’s robots also deliver medicines as part of an Internet of Things scenario. And, since regulations require hospitals to track all drugs, particularly narcotics; Aethon’s robotics, which have RFID chips and barcodes, enable real-time tracking of the hospitals’ medicines.