Big Technological advancements generate 190 kg Knightscope K5 security robot for San Antonio International Airport

It has been announced that the Knightscope K5 security robot will start performing in a security-related role at San Antonio International Airport in Texas of  United States of America.

model of K5 security robot
©Knightscope

Knightscope K5 security robot proceeding to San Antonio International Airport

The security robot K5, with a weight of 190 kg and height of 5’5 (equal to 165 cm) created by a company Knightscope, has recently achieved a new role at the San Antonio International Airport in Texas. For those unfamiliar, Knightscope is an American company founded in 2013 that provides robotic security cameras with artificial intelligence.

Last Thursday, The San Antonio City Council approved the introduction of Knightscope’s security robot, “reinforcing” airport security to perform functions including checking door alarms and detecting false and positive door alarms. The robot aims to have a 5-year contract, and the price paid to the company Knightscope is $109,000, resulting in $21,000 per year.

For curious technology enthusiasts, the robot’s latest technological features include remembering and streaming HD video, with the capacity to charge its battery and can recognise and record vehicle registration plates!
Additional functions is the robot’s ability to move on ramps, navigate on multiple levels, and have weatherproof capacities when working in different weather conditions. With live audio, microphone, 4 cameras, and pre-recorded messages, the robot can multi-task, resulting in the potentiality and effectiveness of hospitals, offices, shopping centers, and warehouses.

Concerns with the introduction of security robots

Despite the discussion between parties of The San Antonio City Council correlated to the purposes of introducing security robots at San Antonio International Airport with the council’s votes of 7 to 3 , some concerns were raised about potential robot’s data and information collection and discomfort about how replaceable humans can become in their role with the introduction of security robots.

According to San Antonio Report, Council man Jalen McKee-Rodriguez showcased his concern about robot surveillance expressing that the Knightscope robot has been purchased in different cities in the USA but has been revealed to be ineffective and “dangerous”. Despite the robot’s ultimate features, San Antonio Director of Airports Jesus Saenz Jr. clarified that the plan the use of the robot in a secure place and indoor areas not frequented by the public.

On the other hand, Council member Teri Castillo expressed concern about whether the robot would replace people’s functions and jobs. Jesus Saenz declared that the purpose of introducing the robot doesn’t have the intend to replace employees in the airport security area but to “free them” from places that robots will occupy in a strategic plan of secure areas, concluding how the contract can be terminated at any time if it is not working effectively.

Despite the advancement of robots bringing many questions and debates the San Antonio International Airport decided to introduce security robots in the next weeks, expecting Knightscope services and their effectiveness as a supplement to airport security.

On the Knightscope official website a service table was delivered, showcasing the pros of getting a robot and comparing it with the productivity of a human being for security-related work functions.

Robot service table
Robot service table from ©Knightscope website

What do you think of introducing the security robot at San Antonio airport? Please let us know in the comments below.

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Aleksandra Wasilewska
Aleksandra Wasilewska
Aleksandra known as Lexi is an Aviation Reporter Intern with a background in Aviation , previous work in Jet2.com and degree in Media and Communications. Her passion for travelling, storytelling, and exploring new cultures drives her enthusiasm for creating media content. Born in Poland, she spent her childhood in Portugal, and she currently lives in the vibrant city of London.
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