After more than five years of testing on a smaller scale, the Singapore Police Force said on Thursday that the country would “progressively deploy” additional patrol robots around the city-state.
The Singapore Police Force (SPF) said that robots were introduced inside Changi Airport’s Terminal 4 in the month of April “to augment frontline police officers in conducting premises patrol.”
More deployments are anticipated to take place around the city of 5.6 million people, which is forced to rely on technology to make up for a shortage of personnel due to its tiny population and low birth rate.
“The SPF plans to progressively deploy more patrol robots to augment police’s operations across Singapore,” the Singapore Police Force (SPF) stated in a statement, without providing a date for when these plans would be implemented.
The robots are outfitted with a variety of electronic components including cameras, sensors, speakers, a display screen, blinkers, and sirens.
Officers stationed in a situation room are provided with a view of the ground through an extendable pole equipped with a camera that captures 360 degrees, and a two-way connection enables them to communicate directly with members of the public.
“The patrol robot is the latest addition to SPF’s technological arsenal, capable of autonomous patrol and providing the police with an enhanced situational picture to enable better decision and sense-making,” the police said. “The patrol robot is the latest addition to SPF’s technological arsenal, capable of autonomous patrol and providing the police with an enhanced situational picture.”
According to the statement, the robot may “enforce a cordon or warn bystanders during an incident prior to the arrival” of human law enforcement officers by using its blinkers, siren, and speakers during a crisis situation.