Editor’s Note: Author Mike Oitzman will be moderating panels on “Robotics as a Service: Feasibility and Opportunity” and “Working With Partners to Adopt Robotics” at RoboBusiness 2017 next week in Santa Clara, Calif. Knightscope offers sentry robots in one example of RaaS.
Knightscope Inc. just unveiled two new members of its family of security robots — the stationary K1 and the mobile K7. With a streamlined design and four large wheels, the K7 appears to be ready for the robot races. Criminals will think twice before attempting to outrun this robot, even if its initial speed is limited to 3 kph (1.8 mph).
The K1 security robot is unique in that it’s a stationary platform, designed to be deployed at points of ingress and egress where it can record and watch people as they enter and leave a facility. The K1 will include the capability to detect concealed weapons, and it will be deployed in hospitals, airports, and other sensitive, public facilities. It will also have an optional radiation-detection capability.
Another key feature that Mountain View, Calif.-based Knightscope is working on is audio event detection in the indoor K3 robot. The K3 will be able to discriminate a sound by type, such as footsteps, glass breaking, or gunshots. The robot will also be able to determine sound origin relative to its positions. The K3 robot includes 16 microphones to help it triangulate the location of a sound. This feature will be available in 2018.
More specifications and a discussion of the robotics as a service (RaaS) business model are below.
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