By: William Plante, Director, Consulting Services and Strategic Development, Enterprise Security Risk Group at ADT Commercial
The rapid and profound technical progress of robotics in recent years has made it increasingly apparent that these types of solutions in commercial environments will soon be part of our here and now. Humanoid robots are becoming the next cornerstone of comprehensive security programs and rationalizing operations for businesses, and as the security labor and guarding market continues to face widespread, chronic shortages, organizations may want to begin exploring their undeniable impact to stay ahead of the curve.
Soon, purpose-built, humanoid security robots may be considered a necessity to a successful security program — and it’s becoming clearer through real-life applications that the value they can provide is substantial as the next-generation response to guarding. AI-enabled security robots can navigate within their environment and independently perform programmed tasks with minimal human oversight, making them intensely helpful in bolstering a facility’s overall security program and both complementing and increasing the effectiveness of traditional guarding services.
Benefits of humanoid robotics in guarding
How can humanoid robots change the game in securing your business? Consider the following benefits:
- Humanoid robots can independently navigate their environment and perform programmed tasks with minimal human oversight, including conducting routine patrols and clearing safety hazards.
- Humanoid robots are constantly alert, minimizing the potential for human-like error.
- Deploying humanoid robots can help reduce human exposure to life-threatening risks or hazards.
- Built for human and situational interaction, humanoid robots can help to address rising labor costs and shortages associated with the guarding market and increase operational efficiency.
- Designed to recognize and interact with people in an authorized environment, robots can communicate wayfinding requests or connect with a standby human operator to ensure accuracy and responsiveness when an incident occurs.
- Humanoid robots can be sent in to assess dangerous situations, such as a fire incident in a building or a suspicious package, protecting the lives of guards that must evacuate immediately, and providing critical information to first responders.
Humanoid security robots are here, and the good news is they’re now being designed to fit how we want to work with them. As we look to envision the security operations of the very near future, not only will purpose-driven humanoid robots offer the security services and value that security leaders are looking for, but their ability to positively engage with people and put them at ease cannot be overstated.
To learn more about how ADT Commercial is exploring the use of humanoid robotics and other groundbreaking emerging technologies in commercial security applications, visit adt.com/commercial/innovation.
About the author: William Plante has been a professional services business owner and corporate security executive for over 40 years. He currently serves as the Director, Consulting Services and Strategic Development for the Enterprise Security Risk Group at ADT Commercial, where he focuses on innovation in security technology and implementing transformational processes for commercial environments.