Archive for July, 2014
A recent report from Business Insider Intelligence projects explosive growth of over 17% CAGR for the
service robotics markets. We all see the headlines of major companies like Apple, Amazon, and Google investing in the robotics and AI markets – this is just part of the story.
What is changing?
BI suggests that robots need 4 core capabilities to break out of the factory floor: Mobility, Navigation, Perception and the ability to Manipulate objects.
These 4 core abilities are becoming available on robots now, and businesses are screaming for the resulting robots.
Here is the complete article.
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“Okay Bob, what do you mean by a Security Robot?”
“It is pretty cool, actually,” Bob replied “It is a mobile robot that will patrol your facility all night. It monitors the space for intruders, motion, and (if you add some option packages) smoke, fire and explosive gas.”
Shelley looked a little dubious. “You are saying that this thing will patrol my warehouse just like a person, and spot problems? Like those robots the police use during bomb threats?”
She paused, then said “Bob, like I just told you I am trying to cut my budget – I can’t pay some robot technician to run this thing all night – that would cost a fortune!”
“No Shelley – I heard you! These robots are autonomous – that means that you just turn them on and tell them to get to work. They don’t need an operator, they do their patrols on their own. So you don’t have a robot tech driving them around at all.” Bob continued “And they are really cost effective – Right now your night-shift officer is costing you about $17.00 an hour – a little below the national average.”
Shelley interrupted “Bob I know that you are providing us with top quality people and I have heard what some of my business colleagues are paying for their security.”
“Thanks Shelley, that is good to hear – but the good news is these robots work for the equivalent of around $4.00 an hour.”
“Sure, Bob, but that’s if I amortized the cost over, like twenty years or something. The up-front costs will kill me.”
Bob laughed – “Shelley, the total cost of putting one of these to work is less than one year’s salary equivalent, the $4.00 per hour is based on 3 years. And I will ‘rent’ you the robot, just like I am ‘renting’ you the current security team!”
“Wait, you are telling me I don’t have to go to some company I never heard of before and trust them with my business, my life? I can keep working with you and your team?”
Bob reached for his laptop, “Shelley, let me show you this quick video, it’s about three and a half minutes, you can see the robots in action and it covers a lot of the background.” Shelley and Bob settled down to watch the video. Shelley said – “Bob, I should have made some popcorn!”
“Okay, Bob,” Shelley said after the video ended, “this is starting to sound too good to be true. But, I remember a robot they put to work at one of our client’s offices. It took them weeks to put the weird tape on the floors, and they had to rearrange the layout of the furniture. The robot did it’s job, but the set-up was awful. I simply can’t put up with that level of disruption.
“No problem – Shelley, let me explain how easy it is …
Part 3 – putting a robot to work…
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“Bob, I have to cut costs – I simply cannot afford to have a security officer on duty full time.”
Bob looked across the desk at Shelley, his long time client. He started to marshal the arguments about the value, how security is not a cost, the need for safety. Shelley continued, “I know your officers do a great job, and I agree with the arguments about investments versus costs, but I simply have to cut the budget. What can you offer me that is cheaper?”
Bob asked – “Shelley, is it about the money, or is there some problem with the team? We can bring other…” Shelley interrupted “No Bob, we love your people – they are focused; they’re attentive; they do a great job! Frankly, I wish I could hire more people like your officers. But I have to cut the budget.”
“Okay, how much are we talking about? Maybe we can reduce the hours, or cut out some of the weekend coverage? It wouldn’t be ideal, but it would cut costs some.”
“Bob, I have to cut the budget a lot – I don’t think trimming a few hours here or there is going to make it. What else can you offer me?”
“Well, the next step down is a drive by every couple of hours – we have well equipped cars and they do a complete perimeter sweep, and can typically respond in under 10 minutes.”
“Bob, we talked about that last year,” Shelley replied, “I don’t think that will work – we have an adjoining wall, with Acme, which you can’t see from outside. I have nightmares about that break in last month where the thief cut through the common wall. I have millions of dollars of cutting-edge high-tech electronics in the warehouse.”
“Shelley, I have an idea – you have high-tech products, right? And you built up a cutting-edge 21st century technology business right?”
“Yeah! I like to think our company defines the envelope of high technology.”
“Shelley, what about a robot? An autonomous, mobile, security robot to do the night shift patrols? It will patrol, check for fire, smoke, intruders, movement, water – what ever you need.”
“Bob, get serious – this isn’t a science fiction movie”
“No Shelley, it’s not – but it is the 21st century! We have deployed tested, commercially available security robots for situations just like yours. The robots act as mobile security, doing patrols just like our officers, and when they detect a problem they send an alert to our mobile supervisors who can respond within minutes.”
“Okay, maybe these robots exist – but I’m trying to cut costs not spend a million dollars on a robot.”
“Shelley, you are going to love this – I can put one to work in the plant for under half what your current security officers cost.”
“Bob, this is starting to sound good – better than good, it sounds cool! Tell me how this would work….”
Continued in part 2: “What do you mean by a ‘Security Robot’?”:
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G4S, the world’s largest provider of security officers, announced that they have a security robot patrolling their offices. Way to go!
Thumbs Up: University of Birmingham
The students at the University of Birmingham should be justly proud of their accomplishment. We know how hard it is to develop a security robot to patrol complex spaces like offices and warehouses – after all we’ve been doing that for almost five years.
Also Kudos to G4S – they are thought leaders in the security field, and they are moving forward by participating in a $12.5 million 5 year project to develop security robots.
Thumbs Up: G4S
The industry knows that the world needs 21st century security, and G4S is stepping forward. This pro-active step by G4S to address the increasing challenges of the physical security industry is a praiseworthy one. In February of 2014, Mark McCourt – publisher of Security Magazine, said in an editorial: “Look out Securitas, G4S, AlliedBarton… get on board with robots functioning as security officers.” G4S is moving into the future.
As the costs of training, ACA, and minimum wages continue to grow; and as the demands for increased physical security push the limits of the available workforce – something will have to change. G4S_UK is in the leadership position of defining the future of security by taking active steps today.
Thumbs Down: Gamma 2 Robotics
At Gamma 2 Robotics, we clearly deserve a thumbs down for not doing a better job educating the market about the value of using security robots as the newest tool to augment your existing security programs.
As a small hi-tech start-up robotics company, G2R hasn’t shouted loud enough to catch the attention of the major security providers with its commercially viable security robots ready for action.
With a $4.00/hr. cost to operate, Gamma 2 Robotics provides a new alternative to the traditional security officer. These robots are tested, reliable and ready to operate completely ‘hands free’ in your customers’ warehouses, data centers and commercial buildings.
They say the best day in the security business is when nothing happens – our robots are wide awake and focused while they keep patrolling night after night in the dark during all those dull and boring assignments. But rest assured if something does happen they will be ready to respond with timely accurate incident notifications.
So, give me a call and put a robot to work on your security team.
Where’s your Robot?™ – Ours are ready, willing, and able to got to work for you tonight!
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