Security is one of the biggest concerns for everyone living in the present world. People, agencies, and governments worldwide spend millions on security to sleep peacefully at night, knowing that their people, possessions, and the country are safe.
One of the significant upgrades in the security industry is the development of autonomous security robots (ASRs) that can protect and provide extra security for the assets. Security robots are mainly of two types – physical robots that can protect physical assets and virtual robots that provide protection for data and electronic devices and keeps them secure from the access of intruders.
The Rapid Deployment of Robots in Security
Security robots are used for different applications, especially in the government sector, due to many terrorist conflicts and geopolitical instabilities. On a global scale, the public safety and security market is expected to grow from 356 billion dollars in 2020 to 516.5 billion dollars by 2025.
The applications of security robots are numerous. They are used in surveillance, spying, patrolling, explosive detection, rescue operations, and in a variety of situations that demand surveillance and monitoring. These robots utilize advanced sensors and surveillance systems to carry out complicated security tasks faster, with more accuracy, and without any human casualties.
New technologies being developed are improving the capabilities of security robots. These robots can now be used to survey and perform different tactical tasks on terrains and environments where humans cannot reach.
One of the main factors that drive the growth of security robots is their increasing military use and their future capabilities. The implementation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) all can help to improve military capabilities and provide better security and surveillance. With the help of sensors and cameras, they can be launched in high-risk areas, handle hazardous objects, and be used to help people move away from natural and man-made hazards without risking any human life.
Apart from the military application, security robots are being used widely in industrial units, banks, hospitals, museums, and other places of public interest.
Here are some of the reasons why autonomous security robots are in demand not only in the military sector but across different verticals.
One of the reasons robots work best for security applications is that they directly eliminate the risk of losing human lives. For example, in counterterrorism or hostage situations, these robots can gather visual and other data, providing human security personnel a complete picture of the situation to better plan their mission.
Security robots are equally helpful in hazardous work environments such as laboratories, manufacturing plants, process plants, etc. The robots operating in these settings can visually inspect the area and perform regular safety checks for compliance. Safety directors can use the data supplied by these robots to take necessary safety measures to stay compliant and provide a safe working environment.
Since robots don’t feel tired or sleepy, they can work round the clock. Thus, 24/7 surveillance is guaranteed without the need for any human intervention. Also, the sensors on them allow them to identify and report any suspicious activity and notify the authorities instantly. Furthermore, additional sensors such as GPS, LiDAR instruments, and ultrasonic sensors enable these robots to do more than patrolling tasks and detect more anomalies even during the night to prevent crimes.
Security robots, while patrolling, can collect valuable surveillance data such as footage of the incidents, thermal recognition and anomaly detection of people and packages, facial recognition, or unauthorized access detection. This visual and situational-awareness data is readily available for review and as evidence for law enforcement.
Robots are highly cost-effective for security service providers, law enforcement agencies, or even businesses looking to improve their security measures. As long as the batteries are working, they work 24/7 without any breaks with total concentration. Moreover, the running cost of these robots is also less compared to the cost of hiring human guards.
These robots utilize advanced vision technologies and are capable of mapping large areas and complex environments. LiDAR, GPS, thermal imaging, and infrared sensors ensure every nook of the place is covered and recorded.
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