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It’s no secret that law enforcement has been incorporating more and more technology into their mix of assets. This is also true of security organizations.

Autonomous Security Vehicle

The Singapore startup, Otsaw has developed a lightweight, smart, autonomous security vehicle. The Otsaw O-R3 Autonomous Security System. This is an alternative to the conventional security guard for companies requiring mobile security.

The O-R3 is an electric vehicle that uses 3 LIDAR sensors, GPS, cameras and more.  It can distinguish between employees, visitors, or intruders. If it spots something suspicious like an unattended bag it can monitor it for five minutes before sending an alarm.  The vehicle is equipped with its own pursuit drone to chase a suspect up to 328 feet away from the vehicle. This is especially useful when the vehicle’s path is obstructed. The drone can provide an areal view of the surrounding area, keeping eyes on an intruder longer.

Robo Cop Joins The Force In Dubai

Dubai is another country adding a Robocop of sorts to its police department.  At 220 lbs and 5 feet 5 inches tall, it can interact with the public, answer questions, provide directions and more.  It speaks multiple languages and can send and receive messages and it can read facial expressions.  It is equipped with a built-in tablet that can be used to pay fines or report crimes.

Brigadier-General Khalid Nasser Al Razzouqi is the Director-General of Smart Services with the Dubai Police department.  He said,

“With an aim to assist and help people in the malls or on the streets, the Robocop is the latest smart addition to the force and has been designed to help us fight crime, keep the city safe and improve happiness levels.”


In no way is this close to being the RoboCop from the movie RoboCop. But it does appear to be the beginning of a trend.  A couple of months ago we reported on QIHAN’s SanBot where 

“Customs at Gongbei connecting with Macau sees 1.2 billion travelers per year. Using facial recognition SanBot can do security screenings of individuals who may pose a risk. SandBot can also do facial recognition, gesture recognition, and voice interaction.”

I imagine a number of these devices will help to remove a lot of the routine drudgery of police work. Things like filing reports, answering questions and general interaction with the public. I don’t think we will be seeing robots chasing down criminals and exchanging gunfire anytime soon. At least I hope not.

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Carmine Delligatti-Drummer, former Support Manager for Deneba Software, ACD Systems, Mareware, Inc. and Swiss Made Marketing. Avid technology blogger and Managing Editor of