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Knightscope’s Autonomous Security Robots Awarded TSA Competition Prize
March 22, 2021

Knightscope’s Autonomous Security Robots Awarded TSA Competition Prize

  • Autonomous security robot (“ASR”) developer Knightscope is manufacturing and deploying a cadre of unsleeping sentinels designed to patrol perimeters and report their findings to human operators
  • The company’s ASRs were recently honored with a second-place award in the area of “passenger experience” by the government’s Transportation Security Administration as part of its Power of Passengers Challenge
  • Knightscope’s platform delivers revolutionary tools for a stressed industry during a time of increasing threats to Americans’ safety
  • Knightscope’s founders developed their mission in response to threats such as the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shootings, and the domestic terror bombing of the Boston Marathon
  • The company currently deploys three models that respond to client needs in a variety of ways, using AI technology and camera, heat-sensing and communications resources to gather and distribute information

Twenty years after the September 11 terrorist attacks on Americans and their government, the country continues to grapple with the challenges of ensuring greater security to travelers as well as company and agency infrastructures.

In response to these issues, the Transportation Security Administration (“TSA”) wing of the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) recently fielded competitors in its private industry Power of Passengers Challenge to pursue innovations for improving security screenings, situational and/or operational awareness, passenger arrivals, international arrival transfers and COVID-19 recovery. Autonomous security robot (“ASR”) developers at Knightscope were honored with a second-place award in the area of “passenger experience,” which included a $20,000 cut of the event’s prize fund (

“We could not be more honored to have our efforts recognized by the Transportation Security Administration. It is another step forward on our mission to helping make the United States of America become the safest country in the world,” Knightscope Chairman and CEO William Santana Li stated (

Knightscope was formed in April 2013 by Santana Li and Stacy Dean Stephens in response to the bombing at the Boston Marathon and the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School that had occurred during the previous year. Recent unrest in response to shootings involving police officers has only added fuel to their inner fire.

“What really gets me fired up (is) I was born in New York City and someone hit my town on 9/11. And I’m still profoundly pissed off about it, so I dedicated the rest of my life to better securing our country,” Santana Li said in a new company video biopic ( “Additionally the mass shooting violence across the country is not acceptable. … Our country is under attack. I was livid then and I’m even more furious now.”

Santana Li notes that crime has more than a trillion-dollar negative economic impact on the United States every year. Knightscope’s response came in the form of autonomous sentry robots that provide property perimeter vigilance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year — an unarmed and unthreatening presence, but one uniquely capable of perceiving, recording and transmitting information to security personnel overseers and law enforcement.

The robots are even capable of providing a barrier to virus transmission between humans during the pandemic.

The company’s K1 stationary robot, its mobile indoor K3 model and its outdoor patrolling K5 are capable of streaming live video from a 360-degree perspective, visualizing dark and unseen areas with heat-sensing and thermal-imaging cameras, monitoring communications frequencies, and using AI to recognize targets of specific interest. Its speakers are also capable of communicating messages from operators in real time. Knightscope thereby provides the tools to security forces to more effectively cover more area with less risk to personnel.

The CEO noted that providing better security tools to government agencies, companies and perhaps even individuals will impact society across a broad spectrum of interests, from insurance rates to housing prices, from school budgets to financial markets.

“Long-term, I dream of building a $30 billion equivalent to a defense contractor, you know, something similar like Lockheed-Martin or a Boeing or General Dynamics or a Raytheon, except focus on helping the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Justice better secure our country with a wide-ranging portfolio of new ground-breaking technologies,” Santana Li said. “I think it is possible.”

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