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October 19, 2021

Japan’s Kansai Airports to deploy autonomous patrolling robot

After the patrol, the surveillance robot will stop at a designated position and monitor its surroundings.

Kansai Airports in Japan is set to deploy an autonomous patrolling robot, Secom Robot X2, at Terminal 2 of Kansai International Airport (KIX) and Kansai Airport Station.

This robot has been introduced under a partnership agreement with security company Secom.

Starting from 25 October, the surveillance robot will be seen navigating patrol routes autonomously with the help of a laser sensor to identify its location.

This robot will oversee various areas and capture images with its built-in cameras.

After the patrol, it will stop at a designated place and monitor its surroundings.

With a width of 840mm, depth of 1120mm and height of 1225mm, it moves at a maximum speed of 4km/h.

The 230kg surveillance robot has a continuous operating time of nearly three hours.

It features a stereo camera, a 360° camera, a PTZ camera, sensing functions laser sensor, ultrasonic sensor, bumper sensor, PSD sensor, internal temperature and battery temperature sensor.

Furthermore, it features warning functions, including a warning voice and a warning lamp.

The robot also has the functionality of remote call with a microphone and speaker (voice call with controller).

In a statement, Kansai Airports said: “With the Secom Robot X2 joining human security guards, the airport will be able to ensure advanced and more efficient security operations.

“Proactively adopting state of the art technologies, Kansai Airports Group will continue to make every effort to provide a safe airport environment for all passengers at KIX Terminal 2 and railway station.”

In May, Kansai Airports deployed an automated PCR robotic system at KIX.

Developed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, the new system has the capacity to process up to 2,500 samples in a span of 16 hours per day for departing travellers on international flights.

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