South Korean SK Telecom develops AI patrol robot with other partners27. April 2023
Together with other partner companies, SK Telecom Co. is developing artificial intelligence robots to take over surveillance tasks of security guards patrolling schools and factories. According to a report in the “Korea Economic Daily”, the market launch is to take place before the end of this year. The mobile network company SK Telecom recently announced that it had developed a self-driving patrol robot with AI capabilities. The company worked with robot developer Neubility and security company SK Shieldus. The robot is supposed to move autonomously in a defined area and report unusual events to a control centre. To do this, it transmits images to the command centre and can emit acoustic warning signals. Many components and parts of the robotics industry require KCs certification in order to be approved for import and sale in South Korea.
The three companies involved in the development recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the aim of bringing the robot to market later this year. The robot will be used in schools, factories and public facilities that require round-the-clock surveillance. The priority is to use the robot to monitor areas that have many blind spots from existing surveillance cameras.
Prior to the market launch, a one-month test of the robot was conducted in February at Duksung Women’s University in the north of the capital Seoul. The robot covered a distance of 900 metres and sent videos of the area to the command centre. Currently, the test operation is being evaluated by interviewing the university’s security staff. After that, the final functions of the robot will be implemented. According to an SK Telecom spokesperson, the surveillance robot is based on Neubility’s delivery robot called “Neubie”. This is inexpensive to manufacture because, among other things, cameras are used instead of expensive LIDAR sensors. SK Telecom hopes that the self-driving surveillance robot will improve the security of residential and industrial facilities.
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