The Robolliance, If Not Robots, Are Here

By: John Honovich, Published on Jun 02, 2016

Are robots the next big thing in security?

A new alliance and a large security cooperative thinks so.

In this note, we examine the 'Roboliiance', its backers, its outlook, analyzing what may or may not work.

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Comments (10)

I voted Yes.... I am really for my robot overlords to take over.... maybe it will wake enough people up and we can save ourselves

News today: Walmart is developing drone technology replacing the jobs of inventory quality assurance employees, cutting inventory checks across massive distribution centers

I wouldn't call this an aerial robot (pace above) but it is a sensible use case for automation (large indoor area without visitors/outsiders, etc.) to reduce relatively straightforward human tasks.

Now is there a video surveillance equivalent to that?

This seems like a logical use case of drones, and I think the most important part is that it is indoors, in a controlled environment.

For outdoor applications, it seems that it may be a while before drones are viable as truly autonomous security devices.

A LinkedIn Pulse Post mentions key things limiting drone adoption in commercial applications:

  1. Flight is only allowed within visual line of sight of the pilot and/or the observer. Someone has to be watching it at all times when it is flying.
  2. The pilot of a commercial UAS, at a minimum, must be an FAA certified sport pilot. This may change some in the upcoming FAA FAR Part 107 release due to release over the summer.
  3. Flight is not allowed at night.
  4. Flight is not allowed over water.
  5. Flight is not allowed over people.
  6. Flight is not allowed within 5 miles of an airport.

The night time flight limitation seems very significant for security applications. Also, the "within 5 miles of an airport" limitation is more restrictive than a lot of people realize when you take into account how many small regional airports are out there.

Logistical and regulation obstacles certainly exist, there is no denying this. Will these obstacles prevent security robotics from changing the face of our industry? They will not, consequently our council to PSA integrators is to pay attention to robotics as related to security.

Aerial, ground based, marine and sub marine security robotics will change our game. it is not a matter of if but when and in this case, when is not far off.

Bill Bozeman

Bill,

Thanks. Certainly agree that paying attention to robots is worthwhile.

What security robots is the PSA currently carrying / distributing?

I'm waiting for cloud based robots.

can you elaborate on "cloud base robots"

Cloud based robots means the intelligence of the robot comes mainly from the cloud.

So, any robot meeting the minimum hardware for the job could be used, as its security intelligence would not have to be installed locally.

On demand robo as a service might mean the first shift of guard duty arrives 10 minutes before the start, and leaves when done.

Can't wait for the contentious discussion on IPVM in a few years:

"Is it safe to use Hik robots in U.S. homes?"

The days of arguing about cloud storage of video will seem insignificant compared to that.

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