Knightscope K5 security Dalek going in to service

Knightscope K5 headReal flesh and blood security guards might become a thing of the past as the Knightscope K5 security droid is getting ready to be deployed.

Knightscope have been developing their K5 robot security guard over the last twelve months and they plan to launch four of these new robot security guards before the end of the year.

The K5 is a human-sized (5 feet tall – as tall as a real-life British PC) autonomous robot that’s designed to take care of the more mundane parts of security patrols.

The machine only needs a bit of initial instruction (plus GPS and laser rangefinding) to get a feel for its surroundings. After that, it keeps watch on its own using a mix of four cameras, microphones, radar and environmental sensors that can detect fires and gas leaks.

The K5 uses either cellular data or WiFi to both share its findings and let its overseers speak, and it’ll set off an alarm if you try to immobilise it.

Knightscope K5 copsThe Knightscope K5 Autonomous Data Machine utilises a combination of autonomous technology, robotics and predictive analytics to provide a commanding but friendly physical presence while gathering important real-time on-site data with its numerous sensors.

The company is hoping that their Knightscope K5 robot can help cut crime by around 50%, this is an impressive goal. It will certainly be interesting to see whether this can be achieved.

Knightscope K5 deskThe four K5s which are going into service could be the first to change how security systems work and provide a safer environment in which human guards work by having them respond only when it’s both necessary and safe, such as to confront an unarmed intruder or help out the injured.

Granted, they could also be used to partially replace some employees but I can’t see that happening for a very long while just yet – especially in places with stairs. How long before we get robots like Atlas protecting and serving?

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