The RoboGuard: New Product

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Oct 15, 2014

ASIS loves robots (apparently).

First, the Vigilus patrol robot won an award in 2012, and now, Senstar's RoboGuard, an automated fence patrol system, has won in 2014. But the question remains: can these robots practically and cost effectively replace human guards? In this note, we look at RoboGuard, its features and functions, cost of implementation, and how it compares to manned patrols.

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Comments (8)

The robot is nice, the technology is not as impressive. The cost seems to be to high. I'm an Electronic Enginer and in my university (in 1994) we made some robots that were more complex than this one. I think this could be manufactured for less than US$ 3,000.00 + the cost of the galvanized pipe (something like 16,000 for 1mile=1.6km). So you have this system for less than 20K for a mile...

You need to add a markup for the $250,000 sales guy and the $50,000 ASIS booth...

I am half kidding about that. Certainly there is significant additional engineering / R&D work to optimize the solution.

Does that cost factor in installation of the pipe and whatever cabling this system makes use of?

This one just 2499.99 usd$ in mag.

So guarde could walk around from privacy of home. Safe for even expecting guardwoman. Notice that one cant and will never stop a badguy, but 20 maybe more, maurading, could put a dent in him permanently.

In certain inner city areas, particularly ones where monitoring tools such as this are truly needed, scrapping is a very common theft. It's called "urban mining". In the major city nearest to me the light posts have had their metal bases all stolen exposing electrical junctions inside. Utility copper has been circumvented and stolen many, many times at great risk for the person doing so. Fencing and conduit has been stolen and scrapped. Anything that can be scrapped will be scrapped. While galvanized steel may not have the value of copper I wonder what the scrap value of the robot and piping is?

"easily costs more than two guards' salaries per year, making the years-long ROI difficult to justify"? It takes between 4.7 and 5.2 people to cover a 24 hr position in the US. A typical full time guard position costs $150k to $200k per year. One of the major reasons people buy security products is to either reduce labor costs, or increase security without raising labor costs. Don't know if the "rail bot" is an effective solution, but anything that reduces direct and incidental labor costs needs to be looked at.

Who wont just push piece of wire thru fencing hole to wrap around galvanized tuber to stop robo 'in his tracks', as so they say. Then happily, go upstream to do all kind evils carelessly and patiently.

Or even one better yet, wait in lie for him to inspestigate alarm, clenchgripping on a twin wire to box him down on other side with, helpfulessly at your mercy.

That ejecting major ampage battery alone will buy you more wires, and so on it go on.

RoboGuard? I should have gone into Marketing. Apparently you can do it without any inspiration, creativity or talent. Reminds me of how my old boss (CEO) used to come up with stupid names for our new products and force them into the market without utilizing people who would know better. But...then on the other hand, he was a micro-managing egomaniac with a Messiah/Napolean complex who lived on garlic and testosterone gel so... people easily liked around him.

Were names like..."The Patrol-i-nator" or "Perimeterbot 2000" or "Fence Weasel" already taken?

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