Robot to stand guard at school

Sophisticated security robots will be deployed in the near future to patrol schools around the clock to protect students from violence and other dangers.

DU Robo said Wednesday that the Seoul-based venture start-up company plans to begin a pilot run of the security robot, dubbed OFRO, in a middle school.

This is the first time in the world that a robot will be employed to guard an educational institution, according to DU Robo.

“We are set to check the viability of OFRO as a school robot at a middle school in southern Seoul this week along with KT Telecop,” DU Robo CEO Kang Jung-won said.

“After going through the feasibility test, we look to commercialize the feature-rich OFRO that retails at around $100,000 as a school guardian,” he said.

OFRO moves at a leisurely maximum of five kph (three mph) and can either patrol pre-programmed routes or be manually controlled. It has a camera and microphone link to teachers or a security firm.

Source:  Korea Times

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One Response to “Robot to stand guard at school”

  1. jesse Says:

    I, for one, welcome our robot overlords…especially at our schools.

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