Microsoft has involved Robots to protect its Silicon Valley Campus. The Software Giant has used autonomous robot security guard called K5 to watch intruders causing trouble on the campus.
Microsoft is one of the first company to use robotic security in Silicon Valley. The company is using five of these K5 robot’s, which are roughly human-sized and weighing 136 kg. Each robot is equipped with high definition cameras, sensors, artificial intelligence, and alarms that they can overpower most human security patrols.
The K5 robot does not carry a weapon or any other method for harming or detaining humans for now. The K5 robot is built by the Californian company Knightscope, describes the machine as an “autonomous data machine” that provides a “commanding but friendly physical presence.”
K5 robot can be considered as a security guard on wheels.There are four high-definition cameras facing in each direction watching for any intruders. There is another camera that can do car license plate recognition. K5 has four microphones, gentle alarms, sirens, weather sensors, and WiFi connectivity so that each robot can contact HQ if there’s some kind of security breach. The core of each K5 is a computer running artificial intelligence software that integrates all of that data and tries to make intelligent decision.
If K5 robot finds a ‘situation’ it tries to diffuse the situation with a gentle warning before informing the Head Quarters . If you step in front of the K5 and manipulate, it will warn you first before an ‘ear piercing’ alarm and the HQ will be notified.
K5 robot is not just a watch dog, If you find yourself in trouble there is a button in the machine to ask for help. The robot will inform HQ about the request for help, and personnel’s at HQ can watch you with the camera and send help.
As any other robotic system, the main purpose of K5 robot is to reduce human effort. Each K5 robot can run for 24 hours on a full charge and when it is running low on battery, the robot itself will ride to the nearest charging station. K5 robot just need 15-20 minutes of charging time to run for another 24 hours.
As more companies starts to use robots,in the long run, it will be cheaper and more efficient than a human security guard.The K5 robot will probably be more vigilant and capable of spotting smaller discrepancies than a human.
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