AI Robot Security — Making the US a Safer Place
Robocop is here! Ok, maybe that’s a stretch, but Robo-guard might be. A company named Knightscope is edging us closer to the age of Autonomous Security Robots (ASR) with their first generation of products. While the CEO and co-founder, William Santana Li, is cautious not to say that they will replace police, he does make a compelling case for how these robots can address security challenges in the community, industry and retail environments.
Knightscope’s stated goal is to “make America the safest country on earth!” Estimates from the company place the negative impact of crime on the economy at over US $1 Trillion annually. They also conservatively estimate that the wide spread roll-out of Knightscope ASR’s could reduce this by 50%. While the company is building on the success of their case studies to date, including their partnership with Huntington Park Police Department, California in 2019, they have also met some criticism over inevitable teething problems with the technology. Despite this criticism there is a strong case in favor of ASRs as a supplement to the unit force of security groups, and in some cases law enforcement.