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NOV 2018

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24 POLICE NOVEMBER 2018 side the agency's vehicle. After Clifton finished with reconnaissance, a team of officers entered the structure and found the suspect deceased. "It has been a game changer because we don't have to put agents or police of- ficers in harm's way," says Clifton. "We bought the telescoping pole so we can put it in an attic or crawl space, too, and we've used it that way to search for fugi- tives several times." He says his agency has purchased two rowbot 2 robots and plans to buy one or two more from Recon Robotics. ROBOTEX e Avatar Tactical Robot from Robotex (https://robotex.com) is made to enhance the capabilities of tactical response teams by allowing them to quickly and safely in- spect dangerous situations before sending in officers. Sgt. Sean Burke, team leader for Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Special Enforcement Bureau, says his team has used the Avatar with "excellent results." "It allowed my team to search for a barricaded suspect, who shot at us several times, without having to place my teammates into harm's way," Burke says. "When it came time to make an entry, the Avatar robot provided constant video surveillance of several closed doors, giving our team real time intelligence if the suspect emerged." is remotely controlled robot can navigate varying terrain, including stairs, sand, clothing, and grass. It also features two-way audio and video re- cording capability. "As the Team Leader in charge of the robotics/technology cadre, I can say that the Robotex Avatar has also proved to be our most reliable robot to date. e Avatar robot is simple to operate and easy to control, and it proved to be a welcome addition to our overall capabilities." SHARK MARINE Designed for speed and power, the Barra- cuda from Shark Marine (w w w.sharkma- rine.com) is very capable in high current applications for search and recovery as well as EOD and light-duty intervention. Constructed using high-tech plastics, anodized aluminum, and syntactic foam, it is made to be small and maneuverable. It is also large enough to support the addition of mission-specific accessories such as sonar and video systems. All accessories fit inside the frame to avoid entanglement issues. Shark Marine says the built-in Total Navigation System and DiveLog software give the Barracuda full geodetic positioning and autonomous capabilities. K nightscope (https://www.knightscope.com) robots are de- signed to provide what the company calls autonomous physi- cal security solutions. Some are now on patrol in several neigh- borhoods in New York City, as well as LaGuardia Airport. Four robot models—the K1, K3, K5, and the still under develop- ment K7—are designed for different environments. Each machine is equipped with one thermal imaging camera and four cameras capable of reading license plates as well as monitoring areas and collecting video and data that can be viewed in real time and stored for later. The several-hundred-pound machines also serve as a deterrent, even "talking" to people through recorded messages or live audio to help reduce crime alongside security personnel. The security agency controlling the robot can stop it and tell it what to look for, but cannot follow or target a specific person. Knightscope says its robots are intended to help and assist law enforcement officers, improve response times, and keep of- ficers out of harm's way if possible. According to the company, Knightscope has also assisted law enforcement in issuing an ar- rest warrant for a sexual predator and assisted a security officer in apprehending a thief in a retail environment. "This is a crazy combination of artificial intelligence, self-driv- ing autonomous technology, robotics, and analytics in some- thing that's actually useful for society," Knightscope CEO William Santana Li told CBS New York. ROBOTS ON PATROL IN NEW YORK CITY ROBOTEX SHARK MARINE REMOTE CONTROL RECON

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