Robots as security guards may sound like something out of a Science-Fiction movie, but recent developments in technology have made this once futuristic idea a reality.
In fact, reports predict that the Global Security Robots Market, estimated to be valued at $2.27B in 2022, will continue to grow exponentially in the coming years, suggesting that Automated Security Robots are here to stay.
So what exactly are Automated Security Robots and what part can they play in protecting your business? Let’s find out.
What Are Automated Security Robots?
Automated Security Robots (ASR) are autonomous machines (ground-based or flying) that are primarily used to enhance the safety and security of various spaces through surveillance and monitoring.
They combine self-navigation with visual and thermal imaging to collect and analyze data while patrolling indoor and outdoor spaces. The data goes back to a central control hub in real-time which uses artificial intelligence to assess and report any credible threats or safety risks.
ASRs make ideal security patrol robots because:
- They never sleep – they are always on, they can’t get sick and they don’t need to stop for snacks
- They’re always watching – they vigilantly monitor and inspect, protecting your property from potential security and safety threats
- They act as a deterrent – a robot fleet is an effective visible deterrent, reducing the likelihood of a break-in. Who’s going to mess with a robot security guard? Most importantly, they can be used alongside, or in place of, human security guards and any other fixed sensors to provide complete coverage.
What are the Capabilities of Automated Security Robots?
Automated security robots are usually provided as part of a Robots as a Service (RaaS) solution. RaaS is a rapidly expanding solution to business needs, expected by ABI research to reach 1.3m units per year by 2026. These solutions normally provide the necessary equipment and software, take care of integration, and provide ongoing support.
Using change detection and predictive analytics, ASRs identify and assess potential threats in real-time, minimizing human bias and eliminating false alarms.
Ideal for businesses of all sizes that can’t commit to taking on more staff or cover the entire space with sensors. So far RaaS has proven to be a scalable cost-effective solution.
ASRs rely on built-in navigation systems to effectively move around an area. This navigation system can be GPS-based whilst outdoors and use contour or visual-based navigation for indoor, GPS-deprived environments.
Robots can be programmed to patrol a set scheduled route or sent on ad-hoc missions and avoid obstacles using 3D scanning technology. Some drones are enabled with infrared illumination to allow them to navigate in poorly lit areas.
ASRs use a combination of tools for data collection including high-definition, infrared and thermal cameras. They can collect essential data about safety and security and also assist with other operational tasks such as inventory counts, compliance audits, and more.
The data from cameras and sensors can be recorded and stored in the cloud or using an on-premises solution, based on customer need. When using the cloud-based system, it can be easily and securely accessed remotely, reducing the need for an on-site staff presence.
The ASR system works alongside and integrates with existing security and building systems to provide a complete security and building management solution.
What Benefits Can Autonomous Security Robots Bring to Your Business?
Whilst ASRs cannot completely replace human operators (yet), they can effectively support in-person security forces. An Oxford University study predicted with a very high probability that human security guards will be automated within 20 years.
Here are some of the benefits of adding ASRs to your existing security;
- Security robots can work alongside human security, increasing capacity and effectiveness.
- The presence of commercial security drones acts as an effective deterrent to would-be intruders.
- ASRs are fully mobile and unobtrusive. Autonomous security robots and drones use built-in AI-operated navigation to effortlessly move through complex environments.
- They can be programmed to patrol on a schedule and on weekends
- Security patrol robots can work longer hours than their human counterparts and in more challenging conditions (remember, no sleep, no snacks).
- Automatic analysis removes the need for a physical presence every time an alarm is triggered, saving time and money and a lot of frustration.
- ASRs reduce the need for fixed cameras, allowing for greater privacy during working hours but without reducing out-of-hours security.
- Robots can be present in places which are not safe or comfortable for human presence such as machine rooms or laboratories.
Get Your Own Autonomous Robot Security Drone
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Tando is an always-on, robot fleet providing complete visual and thermal coverage that keeps your valuable assets safe.
Tando has no bias and is not prone to mistakes humans often make when faced with dull, mundane, and repetitive tasks. It is always on, quietly patrolling the corridors, detering would-be intruders, and providing you with true peace of mind.
So if you’re tired of false alarms and want a smarter and truly flexible safety, security, and maintenance system to keep your business safe 24/7, click here to request your personalized demo.