Archive for January, 2014

Threat Level: Elevated

Mobile robot patrolling garage

The Vigilus Mobile Camera Platform Robot on patrol in a warehouse in Denver, CO. The security robot is manufactured by Vigilant Robots.

The Vigilus® security robot went on duty at 19:00.
It powered up, and ran a complete set of self-diagnostic tests. It logged that it was at 99.6% effectiveness.Its job was to provide security patrols until 08:00 tomorrow, covering the electronics warehouse and the front office. It would move between these two areas of the building automatically, and scan for intruders, smoke or fire, and any unexpected movement in the space.

For a human this would be a cold and lonely shift, and it would take strong discipline to stay alert and focused.  And, of course, the human would require relief after only  eight to ten hours, while the security robot could do the thirteen hour patrol, and still have battery reserves to handle any incidents.

The business owner knew that according to the most recent published police reports, there had been a series of break-ins in the neighborhood.  They involved people coming through high windows in the warehouses, and leaving through the garage door with all the loot.  In many cases the doors were alarmed, but the windows (over eight feet from the ground) were not. So the alarms went off when the garage doors were opened, but by then the thieves were on their way out.

High windows are often vulnerable, and may not be included in the alarm system.

High windows are often vulnerable, and may not be included in the alarm system.

She quickly selected the patrol schedule that spent twice as much time in the warehouse side of the building, and run the high-visibility patrols, which would cause the robot to activate its headlights when patrolling by the windows. The robot logged the new instructions and went to work, focusing its patrols on the areas that were most at risk. After the crime patterns changed, the owner would request a new pattern of patrols – targeted for the exact types of activity for the area.

As all Security Managers know, the world is constantly changing and it is critical to be able to react to changing conditions.  Threats come and go, and resources must be deployed in response to today’s conditions not last month’s or last year’s situation.  But keeping current with the changing threat profiles can be a lot of work, and can lead to new challenges for the security team. With fixed sensors and cameras, it can be impossible to adapt to changes on a week by week basis, yet we all know that our systems should adapt to the current conditions. As simply as a Security Manager might tell Bob “There have been a number of break-ins on the warehouse side around here, so pay extra attention the back;” the security robot can adapt its patrols in response to current threats.  As it happened this was a quiet night.  Was it due to the robot activating its headlights every time it went by the windows in the warehouse?

Want to learn more about putting a Vigilus® security robot to work?  Contact Vigilant Robots at +1.303.778.7400, or check out our website!


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