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Xavier robots can patrol streets by cops

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Singapore is known for having strict laws and video surveillance cameras across the city-state. In the future, the country may also put robots on the streets to watch over offenders – in fact, Singapore has already started testing a robot called Xavier, putting two of them to work, patrolling and inspecting a public area with heavy pedestrian traffic.

Over the next three weeks, the robots will monitor crowds at Central Toa Payoh for what country officials describe as “undesirable social behavior.” These bad behaviors include “gathering more than five people”, which goes against COVID-19’s security measures.

In addition, Xavier robots will look for cases of smoking in prohibited areas and illegal sale of goods. He will patrol the surroundings for improperly parked bicycles and any mobility devices and motorcycles that use paths and sidewalks. If the robot detects any of these behaviors, it will alert its command center and display a corresponding message on its screen to educate the public.


The machines are equipped with cameras capable of providing your command center with a 360° view. They are also capable of capturing images in low light using infrared and low light cameras. In addition, the video they capture will be analyzed by an AI system to look for anything that might require a response from human officers. To allow the machines to navigate the city autonomously, they are equipped with sensors that give them the ability to avoid static and moving objects, including pedestrians and vehicles.

Singapore has already announced plans to double the number of video surveillance cameras to 200,000 within the next decade. Authorities believe these robots can help to further increase these surveillance measures and reduce the need for law enforcement officers to conduct physical patrols.

Source: gadget

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