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Top 5 Mistakes When Hiring Security Robots;

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Yes, security robots are now a thing – and they are growing in use across the country!  If you are evaluating the use of autonomous security robots, then we owe it to you to share a few tips since we’ve been at it for a while and have a ton of relevant real-world experience.

1. USE CASE

Sorry folks, “I think it is cool” or “I want the shiny new object” is not a use case!  That is, unless your marketing or innovation team is thinking through something unique and needs some help.  Most of the time you should really stick closely to actual security operations.

It is important to clearly identify the areas of improvement needed in your security program. What problems are you having?  Where are the pain points? Understand the capabilities of the technology and then work creatively to try fill the gap most efficiently.

Our team now has a pretty robust and extensive assessment process and if we can’t do something, we will let you know outright if it is not possible.  In a lot of cases, however, it may be possible to overcome in the future. With more dialogue and collaboration, it could even be something we add to our technology roadmap … especially if we know some of your colleagues across the country are struggling with the same issue.

2. SCIENCE FICTION

 The first few years at Knightscope were bloody painful just to get the fully autonomous portion of the robots working consistently, inclusive of autonomous re-charging, and we spent countless hours and sleepless nights doing so.  Once complete, the first interactions with prospective clients unfortunately didn’t go as we expected:

Knightscope: “Look it moves 100% on its own!  It is fully autonomous without any human intervention.  Isn’t that Incredible?!”

Prospect: “Of course it is autonomous. It is a robot.  I’ve watched 30 years of movies and all robots move by themselves.  Now, tell me, what can it do for my security program?”

Ouch.  Don’t they know that this is Silicon Valley, not Hollywood?  The industry simply didn’t ‘care about’ what we worked so hard on, but instead wanted to focus on our first point above – the use case.

Additionally, be on the lookout for SFD (“Science Fiction Disease”).  SFD carriers are folks in your organization who start imagining all kinds of things that the robot does not do but somehow if enough people talk about it – it will become true.  “It will make us coffee!”, “The robots will surround the suspect in a swarm!”, “It can look into my living room and tell you what movie I’m watching!”, “Rosie from the Jetsons is alive!”, “Well I saw R2D2 do that….”

“Hollywood” has done a great service and dis-service in helping the commercialization of this innovative technology!

3. EXPECTATIONS

When we set the right expectations with the client early on and establish a collaborative relationship, things usually work out smoothly and we make great progress together.  But every organization is different and some set wildly unrealistic expectations – this is cutting edge new technology and will not operate at 99.9999995% uptime and is not yet the same as turning the faucet and expecting water will always come out.

What works well is opening a healthy and expansive dialogue, having ongoing and clear communications, continuing to make improvements together (yes, in some cases the client side requires significant improvements), and then with our Machine-as-a-Service (MaaS) business model, our clients enjoy unlimited software, firmware and at times hardware upgrades.  So the better we work together, the better the technology gets over time and everyone wins, especially since we drop over-the-air software updates every couple of weeks and seek hardware improvement several times a year.

4. BUDGET APPROVAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL BUY-IN

You should make sure to think clearly through your source of funding.  Typically, it comes out of the security budget but sometimes finds itself in the facilities budget, the IT budget or the ‘innovation’ budget.  You should also consider what happens for the 2nd year as that can determine the long-term success of the program.

On a related note, make sure you really, really understand who has the signing authority as well as who is involved in the decision-making process.  We like to say if the Chief Security Officer decides that the cameras in the building need to be upgraded, it is unlikely there are multiple departments involved and the decision is pretty streamlined.

However, if you show up with a 400 pound, fully autonomous robot that is going to be patrolling your premises 24/7/365, there likely will be a lot more folks involved.  Based on actual experience our list includes, but is not limited, to:

·       Chief Security Officer

·       Facilities

·       Cyber Security

·       Information Technology

·       Finance

·       Purchasing

·       Legal

·       Human Resources

·       Marketing

·       Public Relations

·       Chief Executive Officer

·       And, yes, sometimes the Board of Directors

And also think through who needs to be involved post-deployment.  Think it through and be sure to have a game plan!

5. COMMUNICATION

Communicate, communicate, communicate.  We are here to serve you.  The more we know, the more helpful we can be – just be clear as to what is a ‘must’, what is a ‘need’, and what is a ‘want’.  We often find that after much dialogue the ‘must’ was really a ‘want’ and vice versa.  Also, having any 3rd parties involved to communicate pre-deployment or post-deployment is, in our experience, profoundly counterproductive.  Be sure to demand to speak to the experts directly.  No one has ever done this before and we often can be quite helpful.

So now that you know what not to do, let us know if you’d like to learn more about autonomous security capabilities.  We’ve operated over 700,000 hours in the real world under numerous conditions, through all 4 seasons several times, and we’ve done so both outdoors and indoors – at this point we’ve probably forgotten more in our building than most folks know about how to have a successful integration of #securityrobot technology in your security program. And we have renewing clients across the country to prove it.

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Robots, Robots Everywhere!;

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Robots, robots everywhere – the growth is happening!

Knightscope has now operated over 700,000 hours in the real world… not tucked away in some R&D laboratory somewhere.  We have racked up numerous crime-fighting wins much earlier in the development of our technology stack than even we anticipated.  We have also enjoyed making it through our second winter operating fully autonomously, 24/7/365 across an entire country.  And we have gained a great deal of invaluable experience doing so that will help us to continue the growth and expansion we are already witnessing.

Knightscope has a number of new clients including our 2nd municipality, 2nd casino, 2nd residential property, 2nd logistics provider, 2nd hospital, multiple corporate campuses, plus our first university and our first aerospace/defense contractor.  We count more than 10 of the Fortune 1000 corporations as clients.

Additionally, with a single client we hold contracts for 5 locations in 3 states for a total of 9 autonomous security robots with a major technology corporation.  Another client will soon be operating 6 machines at a single facility.

We are excited to be scaling up our operations, but we also realize the amount of work ahead of us.  From the outside most people focus on our security robots or, as we call them, Autonomous Data Machines (ADMs), while our clients typically focus on our user interface, the Knightscope Security Operations Center (KSOC).

What most don’t realize is that we have a team running 24/7/365 behind-the-scenes here at Knightscope Headquarters in Silicon Valley monitoring the health of all the machines-in-network across the country… down to the millisecond.  Perhaps similar to a telecom or a data center – where you’ll likely see humans, hardware and software making sure that the network and systems are working – we have a good number of humans plus hardware and software doing the same, collectively called the Knightscope Network Operations Center (KNOC).

From here, a NOC Specialist can re-localize a machine, re-start a software node, send a software patch, remote control a machine and control and change numerous parameters that are tailored for each deployment.  And our clients also benefit from instant access to a NOC Specialist anytime through the KSOC for client support purposes.

It is an exciting time where self-driving technology, robotics and artificial intelligence are making a huge, positive difference in our lives…and we are thrilled to be right in the middle of it!  A little over a decade ago smart phones didn’t really exist, and now most people almost can’t live without them.  We feel the same about our autonomous robots – in the future it won’t be something novel, but something viewed as a basic and obvious necessity to help humans keep the places you visit and work safe.

Lastly, we would to thank our 6,000+ investors that have backed Knightscope over the years….without their commitment and support none of this would have been possible. Onward and upward!

 

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Now You See It and Now You Don’t!;

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Humans strive for 20/20 vision especially when playing “Where’s Waldo”! That level of vision is what is sometimes considered perfection (yes, if you get Lasik you can get to 15/15 but that is beside the point for this post). So, if we consider that to be good as a robot that can see we should strive for the same 20/20….that should be good enough, right? Well, not here at Knightscope, we push our robots harder than most humans.

Knightscope robots are intended in the long-term to be built to “see, feel, hear and smell”. Let’s focus on “see” today.

Every robot comes equipped with at least 4 cameras that cover 360 degrees around the machine for both day and night – and most importantly they are at eye-level. We do like to joke that sometimes CCTV cameras are very good bald spot detectors especially when positioned up high on buildings. 🙂

Every camera is on all of the time (even when the machine is autonomously charging) so it gives the machine the ability of continuously seeing what happens around it 24/7/365. That is as far as most of today’s security solutions go. We go a step further, we ask our machines to not only see but also to make sense of what they see through a variety of calculations and report what is out of the ordinary. That way the machines can alert our clients of any suspicious behavior that should be further investigated by a human.

If a robot is going to be a good partner for humans, at least it should see just as well as they do. But what happens when even a 20/20 vision is not able to differentiate shapes at long distances or in blurry images? Take a look at the example below, there are 3 people in that image, 2 are pretty obvious but where is the third person? Can you “see”? Or is it actually 5 people?

 

Not as easy or obvious is it? But since robots are highly skilled and trained with hundreds of thousands of images, they can detect a person in a variety of positions, from far, far away and in many cases, robots can sometimes detect people or objects that a human cannot actually see or distinguish. Here is the image above but with the third person enlarged for visibility. But are there 2 more?

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We have a lot of examples like the one above that we have collected now that we have operated over 700,000 hours with real clients in real world conditions 24/7/365.

This a good example of when machines can do more than what a human can do so there is a place for both on the security teams of the future – working together to give the 2+ million law enforcement and security professionals really smart, new eyes and ears for them to do their jobs much more effectively. And they need the help as they are trying to secure 328+ million Americans across a massive country made up of 50 states!

 

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Virtual Reality and Security Robots?!;

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For the last 5+ years, the team at Knightscope has been hard at work developing a unique set of technologies combining self-driving technology, robotics and artificial intelligence – to help make a massive positive social impact. Our long-term, slightly ambitious, goal is to make the United States of America the safest country in the world, changing everything for everyone. Fortunately, the benefits of all the hard work is starting to pay off – you can read about our crime-fighting wins here.

But what about the (crazy) process of developing these ground breaking technologies? Both our Chief Executive Officer, William Santana Li, and our Chief Design Officer, Aaron Lehnhardt, spent a good amount of time in Detroit at Ford Motor Company so they come at things from a slightly different perspective.

Solid proportions can make or break a design – and frankly doesn’t matter the amount of surface treatment and surface entertainment one might put on something – without a solid foundation it becomes increasingly difficult to produce a great design. In the automotive industry, sometimes there isn’t a lot of variation on proportions due to regulatory requirements, physics, engineering requirements, etc. – so, for example, unlikely you’ll end up with a reverse angle on a windshield.

So when interpreting a hand sketch or digital rendering of a car or truck – with some experience – you can kinda guess what it might end up looking like in real life. But when it comes to our security robots (well, we call them Autonomous Data Machines or ADMs), there are no such existing constraints and there are all-new ones to contend with in the design process. So how to visualize it if something might actually work in the real world with no framework or benchmark or frame of reference?

The answer at Knightscope is Virtual Reality (VR)! So the team went off and built a “virtual design studio” where we can test proportions, digital mock ups and models, color treatments, etc. in VR before going into the prototype stage. VR certainly has helped us avoid some (monster) mistakes and has also been very useful in validating some of our assumptions.

It is a beautiful thing when technology can help build more technology. And even better when that technology can help society!

 

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Knightscope Security Robots Rack Up More Crime Fighting Wins;

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Knightscope has documented and verified recent reports of the following benefits achieved utilizing its security robot technologies at numerous locations:

  • Armed Robbery – security robot provided the best evidence of armed robbery and theft of vehicle. Data provided to law enforcement in time to arrest suspect.

  • Be On The Lookout – assisted a law enforcement agency with an investigation by providing high definition quality video and license plate detections for 30 instances over a period of 4 months of the BOLO (Be On The Lookout)

  • Burglaries – elicited confession to a law enforcement agency for two burglaries and felony property damage using evidence solely collected from a Knightscope robot

  • Feeling of Safety – improved sense of security voiced to Administration and Security Director by nurses and doctors while walking to their cars after dark

  • Fire – identified heat anomaly in a hair styling kiosk; officers dispatched, removed kiosk covering and found equipment left turned on; thermal camera on security robot helped to avoid a major fire

  • Fraud – assisted a real estate owner in stopping a fraudulent insurance claim

  • Hit and Run – helped in identification and verification of car involved in hit and run in parking lot; security robot data was directly responsible for catching the suspect

  • Perimeter Expansion – assisted a casino operator with extending their signal detection perimeter capabilities to outside of facility and adding eye level high definition video at critical ingress / egress location

  • Sexual Predator – helped law enforcement issue an arrest warrant for a sexual predator

  • Stolen Bikes – significantly reduced bike theft, with numerous bikes stolen prior to the Knightscope deployment, and only one incident since

  • Thief – helped a security guard catch a thief in a retail establishment

  • Trespassing – client has prevented trespassers and substance abusers from loitering and sleeping on their premises. As a result of deploying the Knightscope security robot, they haven’t had a trespasser in 6 months.

  • Vandalism – assisted a corporation in tracking down a vandal

  • Vehicle Break-Ins – client was experiencing 1 – 2 vehicle break-ins or thefts per week; has gone down to ZERO in the last 10+ months since Knightscope machine was deployed

In addition to the numerous successes above, clients are also reaping the benefits of the added physical deterrence and cost savings supplied by the large security robots. One such case study was published by XPO Logistics (NYSE: XPO) and may be found here for review.

Knightscope continues to deliver on its mission to give its security professional clients unprecedented new capabilities, allowing them to provide safer places to work, shop and visit.

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Why You Should Add Robots to Your Physical Security Program;

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For as long as assets needed protecting, we have always utilized some form of overwatch through guard patrols, access control and CCTV surveillance. Through the addition of the Community Oriented Policing model, we began to see the emergence of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) in order to develop the site’s terrain in a manner that would make it increasingly more difficult for potential criminal actors to target the site. We are now at a point where security programs are facing increased responsibilities with decreased budgets. Security practitioners are looking for a solution to ensure their properties are protected. Robots are the solution.

For centuries security guards have been the go-to resource for protecting a site. The personal interaction, response and duties of human guarding are a draw to businesses. There is a sense of peace knowing that someone has your best interests at heart and are willing to protect your people and property.

However, the human guarding industry is plagued by high turnover and low wages. This has resulted in compromises to the security program through theft and the inability to fill posts, if not worse. In 2017 a security guard stole $100,000 dollars in cash from his employer. On January 24th of 2019 a school security guard in Florida was arrested and charged with the sexual battery of a student under the age of twelve years old. The suspect in this case had passed both a background check and psychological evaluation.

Surveillance cameras are a very important part of deterring crime at a variety of locations. The advancements in security cameras have given us the ability to add advanced analytics, high definition pictures and the ability to zoom in on an item of interest to gain valuable details. But this technology is not without fault. Improper installation can cause the camera to be installed too high on the building therefore reducing visibility. Guard tours of PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) cameras cause the camera to be facing away from a potential incident, and physically “broadcast” to would-be criminals that the camera will come around after a determined amount of time.

So how do robots fit into the security spectrum? Utilizing robots to enhance physical security reduces or eliminates a lot of the pain points that security teams experience, as well as mitigate the issues explained earlier. There are no personnel issues, licensing or HR requirements with robots. While security machines don’t replace the critical reasoning and response functions of security professionals, fusing advanced technology and superhuman sensor data and analytics with human analysis and response delivers capabilities beyond traditional physical security programs.

Allied Universal®, for example, now utilizes best-in-class robot solutions to lower risk, increase productivity and enhance safety through innovative solutions that expand security coverage without additional investment in manpower, training and supervision.  The capabilities of robots incorporate technologies such as video, audio, communications and more. Furthermore, installing these technologies independently would be a tremendous strain on a budget as well as a network.

Security practitioners using robots in their footprint have reported back that they have experienced increased employee compliance, reductions in crime and forensic investigative capabilities that they did not have before. Employees have acknowledged that they feel safer knowing the robot is patrolling and greeting them. A robotic solution is no different from the solutions mentioned above, but more of an improvement on what we are already doing in a moving platform. Robots are a cost-effective solution, on the job 24/7/365 while adding innovation and attention to your business.

 

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Securing America’s Healthcare Centers;

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The healthcare industry faces significant challenges in ensuring the safety and security of their patients, employees, visitors, vendors and facilities; regulatory compliance; preparing and responding to natural disasters; and other major business activities.

The effects of a violent crime occurring every 24 seconds and a property crime occurring every 4 seconds in the US [1] threaten these sanctions of safety and compassionate care. The most disturbing safety issue faced in healthcare is workplace violence, with the main assaults being either patient-on-staff or visitor-on-staff. Preparing to successfully address these challenges requires a new approach to security. The industry, with its current non-uniform approach to the utilization of technology and revolving door concept of security officer staffing, is struggling to provide the solutions healthcare leaders need to ensure their organizations do not become overwhelmed with assault, theft, vandalism or violent crimes.

Knightscope is answering the call for leaders who are looking beyond the traditional model of physical security to one that pairs human critical thinking with the abilities of robots to flawlessly perform monotonous and computationally heavy work. The Department of Justice reports that visible surveillance can deter crime by up to 40%. Knightscope security robots multiply this percentage significantly through their 360-degree HD video streaming, eye level video surveillance, 24/7 autonomous operation without human intervention, and a commanding physical presence with a powerful strobe light and patrol sound.

Several leading healthcare facilities have already experienced the benefits of partnering with Knightscope to face these challenges. Clients have witnessed a massive reduction in on-site security incidents in areas where Knightscope robots are deployed. One physician commented, “When I’m walking to my car, and it’s 4am in the morning and really dark. I’ll be walking really carefully, holding tightly my phone and keys. Then I hear the Robot’s sound that is makes as it’s patrolling the garage, and a wave of relief washes over me, that I’m not alone, and it makes me feel better.”

One healthcare center is even making history as the first to have Knightscope robots deployed inside the halls of the hospital. Their two robots named Holmes and Watson are providing security officers a detailed look at the areas they patrol with 360-degree camera capabilities and thermal imaging. Holmes and Watson are providing their uniformed security officers with cutting edge communication tools with the robots’ two-way audio system. Their emergency call button is giving employees and visitors another way to request assistance fast during an emergency.

Healthcare leaders need to look no further than Knightscope to address their many security challenges. Request a private free demo here and we look forward to working with you to better secure your healthcare facility and reduce costs.

[1] 2017 FBI crime statistics

 

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Can a #SecurityRobot See Through a Wall?;

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There are many, many movies where Superman can see through a wall and identify a bad person without having to see him/her (he has super-powers after all!). This is the main reason why people today think that a thermal camera on a security robot will give them the same capabilities. Here, we will discuss what a thermal camera on a security robot will actually do for you.

A thermal imaging camera is a type of thermographic camera used in firefighting, law enforcement and military operations. A Knightscope Autonomous Data Machine (ADM) senses its surroundings with temperature as a measurement in long wave infrared spectrum (LWIR) beyond the normal red-green-blue (RGB) visible light spectrum as human eyes see. Additionally, pixel wise measurement of temperature – thermography – is useful to determine patches of temperature in the frame that could be flagged as white-hot thermal events.

While these are expensive pieces of equipment, their popularity and adoption has been increasing. By rendering infrared radiation as visible light, these cameras allow one to see heat radiating through smoke and darkness. This gives the machine a unique capability to see if there is a car running in parking lot overnight or a human loitering in total darkness or in cases where people are trapped somewhere, and rescuers cannot find them.

At Knightscope, we use thermal camera technology to detect the temperature of different regions during our autonomous patrols. Our customers have full control of what “hot” means to them as the cameras are customizable and will detect high temperatures indoors as well as outdoors. For some customers, anything above 100 degrees is too hot while others only care about anything that shows more than 400 degrees – it varies by location and use case as well as time of day or night.

Knightscope robots have already had several wins from these thermal cameras. One example is at a retail client of ours. At the mall, one of the tenants of the small kiosks had left a curling iron plugged in for the night. The human security guard was not able to determine that the temperature was too hot but our K5 machine detected that and sent an alert to a human, so they took action. The robot effectively avoided a fire that would have cost a great deal of fire damage and financial harm.

A hot pipe can be of great concern to a commercial property manager

A hot pipe can be of great concern to a commercial property manager

Another example was a hot pipe that was about to burst at a commercial property where our machine sent an alert about it and avoided a costly repair for a client.

Additionally, a nurse at hospital complained that a man in his vehicle was saying harassing things to her at night in the parking lot where our machine patrols. She provided them with the vehicle make and model. They pulled up some of the thermal detections and found a white-hot thermal image of vehicle that was either running or recently running in the area where the nurse said this individual was. They got a vehicle match, captured the plate number, and the security team went right to that location and began questioning the suspect. He denied being in his vehicle at the time, but the security team was able to provide him proof that he was in his vehicle at the alleged time of the harassment due to the time stamp on the thermal detection. They were then able to pull further additional eye-level video to support the claim.

Long-term we want our Knightscope security robots to ‘see, feel, hear, and smell’ but in the meantime, “thermal crime-fighting powers…..activate!”

 

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How Does a #SecurityRobot See?;

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One of the jobs that a #securityrobot needs to be able to do (and do very well) is “seeing” what happens around it. The robot needs to understand what is happening so it can let humans know when something out of the ordinary is taking place. Vision is one of the most important features on Knightscope Autonomous Data Machines (ADMs) and it also is one of the top innovations in the security space in recent years. Knightscope has led its implementation on fully autonomous security robots which now patrol outdoors and indoors nationwide.

How does a security robot see?

The answer is quite simple but not at all an easy problem to solve: Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI is defined as: the ability of a system to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence. With AI, we try to simulate how the human brain works: nodes (neurons) and synapses that connect those neurons to each other. The system has layer upon layer of nodes (i.e., “Machine Learning”) and since we utilize a large number of layers, the algorithm is classified as “Deep Learning”.

There are many examples of Machine Learning available today, for example: IoT sensor monitoring, GPS enabled navigation, operational intelligence, listening systems, etc. For this blog, we will focus on visual perception.

So this is how it works: let’s say that we want to determine if there is person at a commercial property at night when no one is supposed to be there between 10pm – 5am.. The algorithm needs to first be able to tell what a person looks like. It learns things by being shown examples of what needs to be learned (both positive and negative). We then pre-label people images and these are fed to the system to recognize (or more appropriately ‘classify’) objects in our video and/or images.

As you might have already imagined, we need lots of examples to feed these algorithms – under our own specific conditions. Here at Knightscope we have labeled well over 1 million images to get our algorithms to perform as well as they do today and detecting all of the different type of objects that we need to detect. That is a lot of images! At one point we even built an in-house mobile app to help speed up the process.

We train the algorithm over and over until it gets to the accuracy that is acceptable for implementation at a client’s site. Sounds simple right? But some of the issues that come up during this type of work (especially since the camera is moving) are: blurred frames, dark shadows, distance concerns, weather conditions, time of day, etc. All of that needs to be eliminated or accounted for so that the user will only see crisp images of the person detected. Once we are live, the detection of a person in an image is performed at real-time speed.

Then the person who was roaming around an unauthorized area after hours, is caught!

“It is 2:10am and you are trespassing. The authorities have been notified.” Humans working with machines….imagine that!

 

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Secure Our Country;

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Fully Autonomous Knightscope Security Robots

 

So Who Gets Fired?

Crime has a $1 trillion negative economic impact on the U.S. every single year.  It is a hidden tax we all pay in blood, tears and treasure.  A violent crime occurs every 24.6 seconds and a property crime every 4.1 seconds.  Our country has 2+ million law enforcement and security professionals trying to secure 320+ million people across 50 states.  The math just doesn’t work.

So when some new horrific tragedy happens in our country – who gets fired?  Who is accountable?  Every time something awful happens – here come our political leaders with “…we extend our thoughts & prayers…” – that is not going to fix the problem.

On a Mission

Knightscope’s long-term, slightly ambitious mission is to make the United States of America the safest country in the world, changing everything for everyone.   We don’t believe the Founders of our country ever expected us to build a society where going to work, going to school, going to a movie theater, or going shopping literally came with a risk of being shot or killed.

Over the last 5 years, Knightscope has developed a game-changing fully autonomous security platform combining self-driving technology, robotics and artificial intelligence – to help our nation’s brave women and men in uniform better secure our country.

Autonomous Leadership

Over $80 billion has been invested in self-driving autonomous technology and there are over 50 companies working on it – yet, Knightscope is the only company operating fully autonomously 24/7/365 across an entire nation.  Our clients are malls, corporate campuses, logistics companies, hospitals, stadiums, airports – basically anywhere outdoors or indoors where you might see a private security guard.

Knightscope’s disruptive technology is offered on a Machine-as-a-Service (MaaS) business model at an effective price of $6 to $12 per hour.  We sign annual contracts running 24/7 which includes the software, hardware, setup, 24/7 support plus unlimited software, firmware and at times hardware upgrades.

Today we not only provide a consistent physical deterrence but 360 degree live-streaming eye-level video, we can read 1,200 license plates a minute, can detect a person in an area they shouldn’t be, run a thermal scan, check for signals in the environment – the guards can even speak through a #securityrobot as if it were a mobile public address system.

Momentum

Five years later we are now nationwide, have operated more than ½ million hours with our clients, have garnered over a dozen crime fighting wins, we’ve raised $40+ million from 6,000 family offices, private investors and 4 major corporations – and we are just getting started.

Are you tired of the horrific tragedies on your news feed?  Do you want to help secure our country?  Do you believe that self-driving technology, robotics and AI will change the world?

 

 
KNIGHTSCOPE LEADERSHIP PHOTO (left to right): Mercedes Soria, Stacy Dean Stephens, William Santana Li, Aaron Lehnhardt, Marina Hardof

KNIGHTSCOPE LEADERSHIP PHOTO (left to right): Mercedes Soria, Stacy Dean Stephens, William Santana Li, Aaron Lehnhardt, Marina Hardof

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