August 9, 2023


Robot security guard dubbed 'secret agent man' deployed to patrol Ohio sidewalks (Fox News, August 9, 2023)

Crocker Park is an open-air shopping mall located in Westlake - a suburban town located about 15 miles outside of Cleveland - which sees nearly 10 million visitors a year and is home to 1,000 residents in luxury apartments. This month, leaders of Crocker Park introduced SAM, a 420-pound, 5'1″ autonomous robot that will patrol sidewalks and act as a "watchdog," according to a press release provided to Fox News Digital. 

"Our priority has always been to provide a safe and secure environment for everyone who visits our center, and the Knightscope robot will play a crucial role in enhancing our existing security measures," Sean Flanigan, vice president of security at Stark Enterprises, which owns Crocker Park. 

SAM, which was built by California-based robotics company Knightscope, uses 360-degree video streaming and recording video capabilities to monitor areas and alert authorities to any potential issues. The robot can work 24 hours a day, rain or shine. 

"[SAM's] AI algorithms enable it to detect anomalies and issue alerts to the on-site security team in real-time. This augmentation in security is aimed at deterring potential incidents, ensuring a rapid response to any arising concerns, and fostering a safe and welcoming environment for the entire community," Crocker Park explained. 

Posted by at August 9, 2023 12:00 AM


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