- California-based autonomous security robot developer Knightscope has joined its artificial intelligence know-how to a nationwide trend of using autonomous robots to manage some business decision making functions
- Knightscope’s ASR robots operate 24 / 7, 365 days a year in a property-protection capacity, employing a non-threatening “personality” to establish themselves as welcome participants in the community while also responding to incidents of concern
- Knightscope’s technological capabilities allow its ASR robots to monitor, analyze, record, transmit and receive a variety of data inputs that help it and its human operators discourage crime and more effectively respond when crime occurs
- The company’s most visible mobile model will soon receive a fifth-generation rollout, and the company is in the process of establishing or renewing technological contracts that define the ASRs’ capabilities
The need to keep public areas safe is an ever-present concern, and one that affects small communities as well as their metropolitan counterparts.
Council Bluffs, Iowa, part of a larger metro area that includes nearly a million people, recently announced it will invest almost $3 million in upgrading security equipment for its public school district that has existed since 1859 (https://ibn.fm/P0yI7), making it part of a trend that has seen the use of security cameras on school premises increase from 19 percent of respondents in the 1999-2000 school year to 83 percent in 2017-18, and access controls increase from 75 percent to 95 percent during the same time period (https://ibn.fm/eTsJg).
The trends portray a nationwide effort to drastically reduce violence and crime in public school settings during the two decades since the 1999 Columbine, Colorado high school shootings and attempted bombing that killed several students and a teacher, leaving education officials and the nation at large stunned in its wake (https://ibn.fm/C258P).
Terroristic acts against individuals in other public settings, ranging from the deadly truck bombing of an Oklahoma City federal building four years before Columbine (https://ibn.fm/CxdWP) to a mass shooting at a San Jose workplace last month (https://ibn.fm/gvrHl), have fueled increasingly passionate political debates about security measures vs. Constitutional rights.
In response to the current cultural climate, autonomous security robot (“ASR”) innovator Knightscope has declared its mission to make the nation safer through vigilance and community-friendly robotics.
Knightscope’s visionary emphasis on technology in the security field has resulted in three developed ASR models and another one in the development process, with differing capabilities for monitoring indoor and outdoor environments at client facilities. The ASR robots are capable of monitoring, analyzing, recording, transmitting and receiving a variety of data inputs while presenting themselves as friendly members of their social environments.
The robots have served clients ranging from private sector apartment complexes to government hospital facilities. A recent news report in Phoenix noted a Knightscope K5 autonomous outdoor security robot nicknamed Parker has been patrolling Park Central and surrounding environs for the past month, delivering 24/7 surveillance and a sense of safety and security for students and office workers.
“He is in and out of Park Central. We go all the way from Central Avenue to 3rd [Avenue], almost to Osborn and almost to Thomas. It’s a big development. Parker is everywhere, and he doesn’t miss a beat. … He can take pictures of license plates. If he sees something inappropriate, he can connect right away on that, and our folks on site can step in and can help,” property manager Plaza Companies’ Chairman and CEO Sharon Harper told a local Fox News affiliate (https://ibn.fm/1o7j6).
Analysts anticipate the development of autonomous mobile robots (“AMRs”), including ASRs, will only increase in coming years as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, establishes an economic infrastructure with self-improving processes for “matching jobs to be done with the right workers, in the right place, at the right time” while AMRs take on much of the AI-driven decision making of their human colleagues (https://ibn.fm/S2fWF).
Knightscope’s ASR models expect to be a key driver of the new economic engine, and the company has secured the backing of more than 28,000 investors in capital raises since its inception in 2013.
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.Knightscope.com and if you have a need for subscription service you may request a private demonstration of the technology at www.Knightscope.com/demo.
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