Security Robots For Schools

Security Robots for Schools

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What is the price of safety for kids?

Depends on your definition of “safety”.

Regardless, however, technology will soon advance to the point where we can deploy autonomous security robots for schools to protect our children.

We already live in a world where robots are used for domestic security.

Today a Knightscope robot can work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The posted rates for a K5 “outdoor patrol bot” is $6,500 per month.

Over the course of a year, that works out to about $8.90 per hour.

A human security guard has an average hourly rate of $15.

But the hourly rate for robot security is guaranteed to fall.

Soon, perhaps, inexpensive solar powered, autonomous drones will be able to hover over schools indefinitely. They’ll scan for potential issues and act at a moment’s notice.

The Knightscope K5 has four cameras that can scan its environment and read 300 license plates per minute.

In combination with a pre-crime system, it could be an effective idea.

Blacklists of individual license places, such as those of former students, could be combined with cameras using facial recognition.

Law enforcement is increasingly using facial recognition and artificial intelligence to work smarter.  Not only to improve their effectiveness at catching criminals, but also to avoid making mistakes.

Robocops are being marketed hard…

The photo above is from a full page advertisement from Knightscope in the Wall Street Journal.

The company was recently in the news for giving homeless people a hard time at the SPCA in San Francisco.

I’ve got nothing against homeless people, but if they’re causing problems on private property?

See ya.