With the recently announced airport security measures from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, we thought it would be worthwhile looking into the use of robotics in airport security. Robots are already being used in security situations, helping to keep humans away from potential threats, but what other security roles will robots perform in the future?
About a year ago, an individual opened fire on police in Dallas. Five officers were killed and nine others injured. To neutralize the shooter, Dallas police decided to use a different strategy. Instead of risking more police lives, they deployed a bomb robot.
Early the next morning, a robot equipped with explosives worked its way towards the shooter. Once in proximity, it detonated itself, ending the worst incident for U.S. law enforcement since 9/11.
The use of a bomb robot by police signals how quick robotics has trickled down from the factory and military. As police tap robots to stop criminals, another area where robots can be utilized for security is in airports.
Are robots the future of airport security? And, what are the opportunities for robotics companies?
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