K5 Autonomous Data Machine Prevents and Even Predicts Crime

December 4, 2013, By Daniel Rapcencu

Wouldn’t it be great to own your own Machine as depicted on the TV show Person of Interest? It would be very helpful to now who was going to commit a crime before it happens. Dream on, you say, but would it surprise you that such capabilities could be available in the very near future?

According to the Person of Interest Wikia, “The Machine analyzes (data and video)… to predict terrorist attacks and… allow the government to forestall terrorist activity… (I)t is able to accurately predict violent acts without anyone knowing about its existence.” In today’s crime climate, this would be a valuable tool for shopping malls – particularly during the Christmas shopping season where the malls are packed and criminals are taking advantage of that fact.

Knightscope K5 robot at mall

Enter the K5 Autonomous Data Machine. This is a cute-looking autonomous robot likened to R2D2 of Star Wars fame. Its adorable looks however is only skin deep. Imagine a robot that is totally aware of everything around it: its nose constantly sniffing the air for chemical, biological and radioactive threats.

Knightscope K5 robot monitoring school bus

Roaming through the mall or even an open-air market, it constantly scans actions looking for threatening situations. It sees someone with a gun in their hand and immediately notifies its owners of the exact location of the threat and provides a live video feed so security and law enforcement can take the appropriate actions. Faces are scanned and convicted shoplifters are noted so house detectives can keep an eye on them.

Knightscope K5 robot monitoring hostile terrain

Going through the parking lot, actions of muggers and burglars are captured on video, evaluated and the police dispatched as necessary. License plates are scanned and reported if they are registered as stolen vehicles. Add to all of this, night vision and thermal imaging and you have an all-purpose crime sensor. Even hostile and dangerous environments can be monitored.

The K5 Autonomous Data Machine, manufactured by Knightscope is in development. Standing 5 feet tall with a 3-foot girth and weighing 300 pounds, it is a formidable deterrent against crime. The robot is basically an intelligent array of sensors on wheels. Its observations are transmitted to a control center that houses the high-powered computers that perform the analyses and scan various databases to evaluate threats.

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