No one will ever call me a “technician.” I still have trouble making my smartphone work, and sometimes, because of the frustration, I want to hit it against the wall. But I understand that technologies are evolving, and I understand the value of their implementation. In the security industry, not all new high-tech “inventions” have been successful, but the introduction of technology is crucial because it can often improve workflows, improve efficiency, and help use limited resources.
In today’s fast-changing world, modern security devices or software seem to appear almost daily. I’ve been there long enough to get used to the scanners that read the license plates of the cars. Facial recognition, which identifies the perpetrator or “offender” when entering an area, such as a shopping centre, is common. Contactless readers, magnetic card readers and smart cards with built-in microprocessors are standard for many physical security systems.
Guards – expensive necessity
One of the biggest security costs for business is the cost of security guards. No one is sure, but there are an estimated 2 million surveillance guards in the United States. Although the average security guard in the United States receives a salary of less than $12 an hour (in some cases much less), if a company adds up the total number of hours and all the associated costs, the total security costs of agents can easily be one of the highest. security costs.
Modern CCTV cameras are widely used in building security systems, but still need “human eyes” and many businesses have no real alternative to paying security bills. But recently several companies have created robot guards! Is it possible to replace traditional guards with robots, leaving human guards in the past?
The robot guards are here!
Several different safety robots have been developed, and some are more advanced and capable than others. One of the last produced by a Californian company and looks like a thin phallic trash can weighing 300 pounds and 5 feet high. It will travel autonomously at speeds of up to 3 miles per hour. This robot is a combination of technologies – robotics, sensors, autonomous predictive analytics, thermal imaging and possibly a few more technological “things” that the manufacturer has not yet disclosed.
It is reported that this robot is able to scan 300 license plates of vehicles per minute in the parking lot or in the building. This is useful for detecting vehicles of interest to people working in a place, such as disgruntled employees, stalkers or those who have a restraining order prohibiting them from being on the ground or near certain employees. By identifying a prohibited vehicle on the spot, the robot provides safety information on which to operate. The human safety manager can immediately get information from the robot on the smartphone, respond to the scene of the accident and take appropriate action. Being able to be aware of the situation in real time gives the guard the opportunity to react quickly and hopefully solve the problem before it escalates into violence.
Some citizens have expressed privacy concerns about the Big Brother robot, which tracks every movement. But the reality is that they are already being monitored by security officers, secret store detectives, maintenance staff and high-tech surveillance cameras. And every time you go to a private institution, it has almost carte blanche to track your every move.
Robot guards to improve human safety
Security guards will lose their jobs with the advent of robotic guards? The work of a security guard can be routine and at times boring, and guards need to take breaks to stay physically and psychologically alert. The security robot does not have such needs. This continues and continues.
Robot guards as amplifiers
The guard can only be in one place at a time. The robot guard is a “power multiplier” in the sense that one guard has immediate access to all the information collected by the robot through a smartphone. As the use of security robots becomes more common, their use is likely to reduce the number of security personnel needed at many security sites. But it won’t replace all security agents. The “smart eyes, ears and nose” of the security robot can see, hear and smell, but the robot cannot take any action based on these sensors other than the alarm. A security officer is required to intervene at the scene and determine what to do.
Robot guards can transform the role of a traditional uniformed security guard from what is often a “guard” or “observer” into an emergency response officer. When this happens, the emergency response guard’s responsibilities will require additional training, and this increased responsibility and training is likely to lead to greater recognition of the value of the human guard. Over time, this increased responsibility and professionalism should lead to higher salaries for emergency responders.