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Security Robots and the Stock Market

It’s early in the morning, and the news is disturbing.  The stock markets are nervous following yesterday’s drop, and the futures are not encouraging.  What does this have to do with security robots you ask?  Great question!

Security managers have a tough job – the need to keep their business, their employees, and their facilities safe and secure. And they need to do it in a cost effective manner. Sometimes this can be at odds with other goals of the business, a competition for resources. And the economy impacts those resources.

When the economy looks shaky, when the stock markets look weak, businesses react, just as investors react. With the perceived increase in risk (whether the risk is real or not) businesses get conservative – they have to. And that usually means cutting costs – and security is perceived as a cost.  So, a security manager may be looking at reduced operational budgets, and longer term capital expenses may be put on hold.  In spite of this the security manager has to provide that safety and security with reduced resources.

Shelley, the client does not look happy about having to tell Bob that the costs must be cut.

A painful discussion with a client – until the topic of security robots are brought up

This is the same for all the departments in the business, but security faces an additional challenge. Unlike many departments, as the economy gets weaker, the security threat increases. If unemployment rises the incidence of theft, break-ins, and damage increases. So the security manager has a growing problem to defend against at the same time that the resources are shrinking.  It is not just a case of trying to do the same job on less money – the security manager needs to do a better, bigger job on a smaller budget.

This is where security robots enter the picture. The robotics industry thrives in tougher economic times. As budgets get cut, businesses have to look for innovative solutions that provide more bang for the buck. That is exactly what the robotics industry brings to its customers. We have seen this over and over as automation and robotics industries grow during recessions.

Imagine our security manager being told “You need to cut your budget for overnight patrols by 50%.” That means laying off people, there is no way around it. But the needs of the security function remain the same or increase. A security robot can work for less than 1/4 of the cost of the security officer who was laid off. That means putting two security robots to work and still meeting the 50% budget cut. Think about that – twice as many patrols for half the budget.

Robot patrolling a receiving dock, looking for intruders and monitoring changing temperatures.

Robot patrolling a receiving dock, looking for intruders and monitoring changing temperatures.

Now, these are robots – not people, they do not have the same judgment, the same intelligence, the same instincts. But for many overnight patrols what is needed are the sensors, the mobility, the ability to call in an alarm about an unusual condition. That is a job the robots can do hour after hour, night after night. They patrol, observe, and report to the human security officers – extending an officer’s reach, giving her the ability to be in two, or three, or four places at once.

So while we watch the fluctuations of the markets, you know that there have to be a lot of worried Security Managers, but some of them are asking the right question – “Where is my robot?”

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Shelley and the Security Robot (part 1)

“Bob, I have to cut costs – I simply cannot afford to have a security officer on duty full time.

Shelley, the client does not look happy about having to tell Bob that the costs must be cut.

A painful discussion with a client – until Bob brings up the topic of security robots.

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.”

Robot patrolling a receiving dock, looking for intruders and monitoring changing temperatures.

Robot patrolling a receiving dock, looking for intruders and monitoring changing temperatures.

“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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