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Robot Shop assistant – is it too early?

Lowes recently announced that they would be testing a robotic shop assistant in one of their smaller stores. The robot is designed to roam about the store and be available for both customers and employees to use for product look up, pricing and product location.

It is not really clear how well it will be accepted – that is why they are testing it. But some of the pundits have already weighed in – check out this clip from John Oliver’s (Last Week Tonight) show:

 

As funny as this parody is, there is serious interest in using this type of technology in retail.  We have been deploying robots for years, our concern is the robot moving and working in a crowded store. Now, for night time security and patrol –

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Shelley learns about putting robots to work

“Okay, Bob,” Shelley said ” I think I get the idea of what this security robot can do. I’ll want to learn more about how it does it, but that can wait. What I want to know first is what is involved in putting one of these robo-officers to work?”

“I know, Shelley – you are worried that it will be really disruptive, or that you will have to change your current operations to get the benefits, right?”

Vigilus MCP security robot on Duty in Lobby

Vigilant Security Robot on night patrol duty in Lobby

“Exactly! Like many businesses we are running lean and mean, that means changes are risky – they could result in lost opportunities or cause the team to get out of sync.  I can’t afford that,” Shelley replied.

“Well, let me tell you what is involved. It is a pretty simple process, and you are in a perfect position to move forward!

“How is that?” Shelley asked.

“Putting a security robot to work is usually a six step process, but since we just did a recent security review most of the hard work is already done. I told you that putting a security robot to work is a lot like putting a security officer to work, you have already got a head start.”

“Do you have a few minutes for another video?” Bob asked?

Shelley said “Sure, but we really should have made popcorn!”

Bob ran a short video about putting a robot to work:

“So you see Shelley, it is a six step process:

  • Plan,
  • Learn the Facility,
  • Learn the Tasks,
  • Verify Knowledge,
  • Go To Work,
  • Confirm Value

but, we have already done most of the first step.”

“Bob, I really like the focus on the value to my company. I sometimes feel that is the last thing many of my other vendors are thinking about. Let me see if I understand.  The security robot is designed to do routine patrols overnight, when the building is locked up. On these patrols it is constantly scanning for possible problems – intruders, fire, smoke, leaking water…”

“Yes, but you do have to add option packages for some of those sensors,” Bob interjected.

“Right, but that is good because I can tailor the sensors to match my needs,” Shelley continued, “And if we get an alarm from the security system, we can dispatch the robot so that we know what is going on, before we have to call the cavalry. And we do this by giving the robot the layout of the building, and teaching it the various patrol patterns, as well as what conditions should cause it to generate an alarm. There is no tape on the floor, I don’t have to install beacons or barcodes or RFID tags all over the place.”

Bob smiled, “Exactly! The robot is designed to work like a human security officer – they learn what you want them to do and then they do it, over and over again.”

“And no vacations, no sick time, no coffee breaks!  I like this idea.  So, lets talk about the next steps….”

Shelley and Bob began Step 1 – planning how to get the maximum value from the new security robot.

 


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