- For more than a year, the novel coronavirus has upended society’s day-in, day-out routines and has contributed to a sense of unease nationally and worldwide
- Wide vaccine rollout and declining virus infection rates are cause for optimism about the nation’s response to COVID, but daily routines have yet to return to “normal”
- Two recent back-to-back mass-casualty shooting incidents have further threatened society’s stability and have revived debates over how to stem large-scale public violence
- Autonomous security robot (“ASR”) developer Knightscope is intent on helping to restore normalcy and greater calm through the deployment of unarmed ASR sentries that can patrol perimeters and discourage crime 24/7 without fear of falling ill or victim to violence
- A Las Vegas newspaper recently reported on a Knightscope client’s happy response to declining crime rates at an apartment complex following the ASR’s deployment last fall
History may come to regard the present years as “The COVID Era,” considering the sociological upheaval that has taken place worldwide as a result of the pandemic now stretching into its second year. The novel virus has made its presence known in all strata of society and although aggressive new vaccine rollout and declining rates of infection in many areas are generating a newfound sense of optimism, most people may yet find it difficult to remember the ease with which we once we enjoyed some basic entertainments like going to the movie theater or the city swimming pool.
That difficulty was evident in the recent announcement by The Walt Disney Co. that it will delay its long-awaited superhero film “Black Widow” for a third time, but commit to finally securing its release by simultaneously making it available to home viewers on its streaming Disney+ service — a decision that dealt a blow to movie theaters hoping to begin their financial recovery from pandemic closures during the coming summer (https://nnw.fm/9vhej).
While the health crisis and vaccination efforts continue to capture primary placement in national media headlines, the idea of revolutionizing the private security guard industry may not appear as imaginative as efforts to return daily activities to “normal” but the autonomous security robot (“ASR”) innovators at Knightscope regard their mission as part and parcel of efforts to restore the well-being of the American people.
“A violent crime occurs every four seconds and a property crime every 25 seconds,” Knightscope founder and CEO William Santana Li says in a recent company video biopic (https://nnw.fm/Uywjn). “Additionally the mass shooting violence across the country is not acceptable. … I don’t believe the founders of our great country ever expected that we would build a society where going to school, going to work, going shopping or to a movie literally came with a risk of being shot or killed. Crime has more than a trillion-dollar negative economic impact on the U.S. every single year.”
Two mass-casualty shootings, one in Colorado and another in Georgia in less than a week’s time, are reminders that such violence and the debate over how to stave it off continue (https://nnw.fm/qyZd1).
Knightscope’s response solution comes in the form of autonomous sentry robots that provide property perimeter vigilance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The ASRs are not weaponized defense machines like modern-day sci-fi Robocops, but they are uniquely capable of perceiving, recording and transmitting information to security personnel overseers and law enforcement while also allowing the security managers to speak immediately and directly to anyone in the ASR’s vicinity.
That information may include streaming live video from a 360-degree perspective, visualizing dark and unseen areas with heat-sensing and thermal-imaging cameras, monitoring communications frequencies, and using AI to recognize targets of specific interest.
One recent testimonial of the security robots’ potential to reduce crime through simple vigilance was reported this month by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which noted that a crime-ridden apartment complex has become “a quieter, more peaceful place to live” since a Knightscope ASR was deployed there last fall.
An officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department observed the 1,129-unit apartment complex had been in the top three for 911 calls in the area, but now is no longer in the top 10, and the complex’s manager stated the ASR has deterred a lot of crime and vandalism (https://nnw.fm/W5fAN).
Knightscope’s outreach team works to help ensure clients are trained in how to use the ASRs and can integrate them seamlessly into daily activity at the client property through “Post Orders” (https://nnw.fm/2Zk0C). In any type of private security operation, training remains a critical requirement for ensuring the highest possible quality outcome, but unfortunately the need for ongoing, purposeful training of human security personnel may often be overlooked throughout the industry at large (https://nnw.fm/ogcSJ).
“Long-term, I dream of building a $30 billion equivalent to a defense contractor,” Santana Li said. “Except (with a) focus on helping the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Justice better secure our country with a wide-ranging portfolio of new ground-breaking technologies. I think it is possible.”
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