Las Vegas – The thought of using robots as guards may seem like a far-fetched notion to some, but the technology itself is already mature and starting to gain traction in the security industry. For proof, one need look no further than the Unmanned Security Expo taking place at ISC West this year, which features a host of companies showing off the latest in aerial drone and robotic technology.
When Knightscope first introduced its autonomous data machines (ADMs) to the industry in 2013, the thought at the time was that, while a novel concept, robotic technology wouldn’t be taking off in the market anytime soon. Now, just four years later, Knightscope has inked partnership deals with some of the industry’s largest guard services firms, such as Universal Protection Service (now AlliedUniversal) and Securitas, and has seen its ADM units deployed in a wide variety of applications including hospitals, malls, stadiums, and corporate campuses.
But Knightscope isn’t the only firm working to deliver robotic technology to the security industry. One company making its debut at ISC West this year is Robotic Assistance Devices (RAD), which is demonstrating its autonomous unmanned ground vehicle – the SMP Robotics S5 Security Guard – developed in conjunction with SMP Robotics Systems Corp.
For the S5 Security Guard, RAD provides the hardware and software that enables organizations to choose what video management software they want to use with the robot, according to Steve Reinharz, RAD’s founder and CEO. RAD has also partnered with NVIDIA to provide the software and hardware necessary for the robot to perform human and vehicle identification. Additionally, Reinharz , who has spent more than two decades working in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence, says RAD drives the development priority schedule for the robot and does all of the physical assembly. For its part, SMP works on the technology R&D side to bring advanced functionality to the S5 Security Guard.
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