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Enhancing Perimeter Security With Robotics

by Steve Reinharz, CEO and President
Robotic Assistance Devices

One of the most important steps in keeping a company’s data, physical assets and personnel safe is securing the perimeter of a facility or campus. Starting at the farthest boundaries ensures efficient and comprehensive security coverage, and this isn’t an unfamiliar technique: According to the research report Perimeter Security Market published by MarketsandMarkets, the perimeter security market is expected to grow from $110.64 billion in 2017 to $196.60 billion by 2022.

Physical perimeter security refers to a type of barrier or structure that surrounds an area or building to protect the property within and keep intruders out. Most often, organizations today use a security guard team, wall or fence as a form of perimeter security.

But achieving effective perimeter security with only human guards or a permanent fixture can be challenging, and with technological advancements in robotics and artificial intelligence, outdoor remote monitoring through robotic patrols has proven to be a cost-effective and valuable solution.

Locations that require strict and continuous perimeter security, such as critical infrastructure sites, corporate campuses and educational facilities, are usually designed in a similar fashion: geographically large, expansive spaces. Perimeter security can be difficult in environments where a wide amount of space containing vast numbers of people and vehicles needs to be secured at all times. A limited amount of security personnel or a short, weak fence may not do the trick.

Security robots are designed to augment the capabilities of existing personnel and improve operational efficiencies through continuous perimeter intrusion detection. They can easily patrol the existing boundaries to identify potential trouble spots, detect humans and/or vehicles in an area where they should not be and alert responsible staff of potential risks.

Robotic guards can provide new levels of intelligence and insight into situations for a more informed response through integration with existing sensors and systems, such as video surveillance. According to the Perimeter Security Market report, the video surveillance systems segment is estimated to lead the perimeter security market between 2017 and 2022.

An additional aspect that can hinder the effectiveness of perimeter security is the conditions affecting the area; harsh weather, challenging terrains or hazardous materials can affect a human guard’s ability to properly monitor and secure the site. Security robots can operate through these extreme instances, ensuring the safety of human guards and allowing them to focus on more critical tasks.

The S5 Fully Autonomous Robotic Guard from Robotic Assistance Devices (RAD) and SMP Robotics is ideally suited for perimeter security. It continuously monitors in any weather environment, including rain, snow or gusty wind, and the on-board panoramic surveillance and obstacle avoidance sensors provide advanced intelligence for security personnel. The RADBot™ can patrol on a scheduled set route and is an addition to any effective security and operations team.

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