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Are You Prepared To Manage COVID-19 Through The Winter?

PHOTO: K1 Stationary equipped with EBT (Elevated Body Temperature)

Winter is here… my how time has flown by. Whether you’re working from home these days or not, the season is now breathing cold air down our backs. But more importantly and concerning is while we all hope COVID-19 goes away and the vaccines bring everything back to “normal,” we need to be prepared to deal with it for several more months at a minimum, if not much, much longer.

Our apologies for the negativity. We’re certainly not trying to bring your spirits down as we kick off this new year. All of us here at Knightscope are working hard to keep our heads up, maintain a positive attitude and focus our attention on sharing the positive message about how our robots keep people safer. We are here to help our current and future clients to be prepared for the best-case scenario, but potentially for the worst case, too. That’s what we do in public safety and security. It comes with the job and it is our responsibility. Just like our robots, we send alerts when a potential risk is detected!

Hindsight is 20/20. If you could rewind time back to the beginning of 2020 or earlier, what would you do differently? Initially, many were thinking everything would be back to normal within a couple of weeks. Unfortunately, that’s not the case and the current situation raises some really alarming questions that we need to consider:

How much longer will we see double a digit national unemployment rate?

What impact is this, and will this continue to have, on crime in your area?

Will we see a spike in the homeless population?

What would the impact be if you have just one employee tests positive for COVID-19?

How will the economic climate effect your organization throughout 2021 and beyond?

What new challenges will exist if you need to shut down one or more of your facilities?

Like us, many of our clients don’t have the answers to many of these questions which further validates their decision to incorporate our Autonomous Security Robots (ASR). Time and time again, they’ve reported the positive impact the ASRs have had in deterring and detecting criminal activity. Here are just a few examples:

  • A major hospital network was experiencing, on average, 2 crimes per week in the parking lot of one of their main hospitals. Once our K5 ASR was deployed, the crimes were eliminated, recording zero crimes in the following 12 months.
  • After using a K5 for the first 7 months in a public park, the Huntington Park Police Department recorded a 46% reduction in crimes and 68% reduction in citations (see details here).
  • A commercial property in downtown San Francisco was averaging 20 crimes per month in their parking structure, including trespassing, vandalisms, and thefts. After deploying a K5, they recorded just 1 crime in 12 months.

In addition to deterring crime, take a look at some other advantages the ASRs bring:

ASRs Are Immune to COVID-19. They will be on duty, deterring, detecting, and alerting 24/7. Deploying an ASR for routine patrol activities helps keep humans safe from the threat of mingling among large or small crowds of people. If an asymptomatic carrier coughs or sneezes on a robot, it does not have to run out and get tested for COVID-19 and wait days for the results… it just keeps working at no risk.

Elevated Body Temperature Detection. Knightscope’s K1 Autonomous Security Robot (ASR) now has an optional EBT feature that monitors building entry points to identify high-risk individuals and further ensure safety in public spaces (see full press release here). A body temperature above 100.4 degrees will alert the appropriate individual(s) at a location to contact the subject for additional screening and preventative action.

Support Facility Management. If you have a facility that is shut down or has reduced operations and personnel, the ASRs can perform a facility tour at ground level, with 360-degree live video, to inspect landscaping, fencing, lighting, safety conditions, and much more.

Enhance Remote Video Monitoring Effectiveness. Whether you’re monitoring a property remotely yourself through your CCTV system, you have a security operations center monitoring it, or are using a remote video monitoring center service to do this for you, ASRs provide a unique capability to investigate an incident and reach areas not covered by cameras, delivering real-time video and two-way audio.

Contingent Patrol Routes can be preprogrammed to expand coverage in the event your security team is short-staffed due to illness or other staffing challenges.

Keep your employees and security team safe. The intercom feature built into the ASR allows your team to minimize interaction with the public, reducing their risk of exposure to COVID-19. The ASR could literally be your gatekeeper or remote receptionist.

Promote COVID-19 Prevention. Here’s a sample of messages ASRs can broadcast in English and/or Spanish when a person is detected: See video below.

  • “Please maintain social distances while at this site.”
  • “All employees and visitors are required to wear a face mask.”
  • “Please use hand sanitizer when entering and exciting this facility.”
  • “If you feel ill or have had a fever in the past 14 days, please do not enter this facility.”

So as you bundle up to prepare for what the Winter will inevitably unleash upon us, it’s also time to think about how to best manage the ongoing pandemic to contribute to a brighter Spring outlook. And if you didn’t already know, we deliver, setup, program, maintain and service the robots entirely for you making it one of the easiest security services to incorporate. Please contact us for more information and to schedule a one-on-one demo today.

Have a healthy and safe 2021, and help protect your organization, its employees and those visiting.

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