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Robots Getting Ready to Predict and Prevent Crimes

Knightscope, Inc. has unveiled the beta prototype of its K5 autonomous technology platform.

The K5 is designed to predict and prevent crime through an innovative fusion of robotics, predictive analytics and collaborative social engagement.

According to the company, the K5 is a key component of Knightscope’s vision to build safer, engaged communities, while reducing crime and associated costs.

“Population growth and constrained government budgets render today’s methods of fighting crime unscalable,” said Stacy Dean Stephens, vice president marketing and sales, Knightscope.

“The Knightscope K5 utilizes technology to push alerts to public safety professionals and the community providing a profound new layer of security and more efficient deployment of resources, saving both money and lives.”

The K5 collects significant amounts of data including what it sees, feels, hears and smells through its sensor array payload, which is then processed through a predictive analytics engine.

The engine combines the machine data with existing raw business, government and crowdsourced social data sets, and subsequently assigns an alert level that determines when a business, community or authorities should be notified of a concern.

When an alert is pushed, the K5 will turn on all of its sensors to allow the entire community to review the information transparently and contribute additional relevant, real-time information.

This approach alleviates privacy concerns, engages the community on a social level to effectively crowdsource security and provides an important feedback loop for the predictive analytics engine, explains the company.

Knightscope says it has identified key beta customers and will commence initial test deployments during 2014.

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