Universal Protection Service has launched a crime-fighting autonomous robot ‘Machine as a Service’ offering for US customers with security technology company Knightscope.
As part of the agreement, Knightscope’s K5 and K3 robot models – which resemble a mix of WALL-E’s EVE and R2-D2 – are immediately available to customers in Northern California, with a national roll-out slated for next year.
The robot models offer a physical presence as a strong crime deterrent, real-time video and audio, and a human interface: a real-life robot security guard.
The K5 is designed for outdoor applications including parking lots and university campuses, while the K3 model is designed for indoor security at facilities such as office towers, warehouses, distribution centres and data centres.
Ty Richmond, Universal Services of America president of systems and technology, said: “We are excited about the continued evolution of integrating various technology applications into uniformed security operations.
“Customers require situational awareness to make informed decisions and autonomous mobile machines and devices provide another level of intelligence to accomplish that task. The partnership with Knightscope enables Universal to take an industry leading role in this new service arena.”
The company’s Machine as a Service offering is all inclusive; and Universal security officers will also be trained and certified to ensure seamless integration into existing security programmes.
May the (robot) force be with you
So why are people increasingly looking towards employing robots as their personal security guards?
“Autonomous machines are purposely built for security programs seeking to increase threat management through the strategic integration of people, processes and technology,” explains Mark McCourt, vice president of enterprise services for Universal Protection Service.
“Robots are a real force multiplier by adding effectiveness and efficiency to security programs. Knightscope is the perfect partner for this new initiative.”
The companies are clearly looking to the future, and have recognised the increasing role that robots will have to play.
“The world is going to change more in the next five years than the last 50 years combined,” notes Knightscope CEO, William Santana Li. “Knightscope has built one of the most important technologies coming out of Silicon Valley and we are proud to be working in concert with Universal by integrating with existing security programs while providing new revolutionary capabilities to clients.”
Without a doubt, the robot security guard is here to stay.