Researchers Create UK’s First Robot Security Guard
Bob is completely autonomous, stands 5 feet 10 inches tall and scans the offices using 3D sensors, building a map of what the environment looks like.
By Steve Crowe - Filed Jul 03, 2014

Bob patrolling the hallways at the G4S offices in Gloucestershire

G4S, the world's largest provider of security officers, has a new autonomous robot called Bob that is now patrolling its offices in England.

Bob is there to monitor the environment, make suren doors are properly closed and gather other information. Bob is completely autonomous, stands 5 feet 10 inches tall and scans the offices using 3D sensors, building a map of what the environment looks like.

The robot was developed by students at the University of Birmingham as part of £7.2 million ($12.3m) project called STRANDS where robots will learn how to act intelligently and independently in real-world environments.

If anything moves or changes since his last scan, he reports the information to his human colleagues.

"We wanted to build an autonomous intelligent robot that can be put into a real world scenario like a place of work," Dr Nick Hawes, from the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham, tells the International Business Times.

"Current robots aren't very good with their hands, or able to manipulate objects, however Bob is good at driving around and monitoring objects, so is perfect for a job in security as a night or day watchman where he can monitor what is going on in his immediate surroundings."

 

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