For more than 50 years, military and law-enforcement authorities have used unmanned ground vehicles, or UGVs, to perform tasks that were physically impractical or dangerous for humans. Today, we’re seeing UGVs and other autonomous, mobile security robots move from the military to private industry, especially in the physical security sector.
In this report, author Howard Carder looks at the trends driving the creation and adoption of UGVs as mobile security robots, such as decreasing costs for system components, cameras and navigation systems. The report also discusses the tasks and skills that a UGV can perform (such as flashing a strobe or sounding an audio alarm), as well as the enabling technologies being built on these systems.
The report includes a discussion of how UGVs and mobile security robots can supplement an existing security guard staff – whether performing more tedious tasks such as perimeter checks or more dangerous missions such as gas leak detection. The applications and industries where some of these robots are appearing, including airports, oil rigs and construction sites, is also discussed.
Finally, the report includes an overview of the major companies creating these robotic systems, as well as a report outlining a specific vendor, Knightscope, and its latest models, courtesy of author Mike Oitzman.
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