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The presence of robotic systems alongside law enforcement teams in crime scenes can decrease stress and mitigate violence.
In a recent engagement with a domestic violence subject, the North Orange County SWAT team was equipped with a Vantage robot. “It is a major advantage to have the robot go into the space to scout and send back information such as floor plans, suspect location, and information about possible barricades or even booby-traps,” police said.
The Vantage robot developed by Transcend Tactical is designed to protect and defend police officers and their suspects by acting as an electronic intermediary to avoid the face-to-face contact that can result in gunfire unwanted by all, according to roboticsbusinessreview.com.
In the above mentioned situation, the robot was able to provide support by climbing up a set of stairs and providing a live video stream with two-way audio from a safe distance, then clearing the building room by room until the suspect was found.
According to the police, “the robot entered the room and traversed all the clutter and was able to clear the home and found the suspect in the back room in the closet. The operator was able to push open ajar-doors after climbing very difficult stairs.”
In fact, it is the mere presence of the robot that diffused the situation and the man gave himself up without violence.
The technology features include automatic stair & obstacle climbing (debris, clothing, mud, sand, gravel etc.), a FLIR Camera for seeing heat signatures, a zero radius turn, a pan tilt zoom (25x zoom, automatic IR lights, 360 continuous rotation), and water resistance. No specialized training is required to operate the system, according to the company website.