Last week, IPVideo Corporation (IPV) and Sharp Electronics Corporation introduced the A-UGV at the ASIS International 2016 security exhibition in Orlando, Florida. The Sharp INTELLOS™ A-UGV is a cost-effective, multi-terrain, mobile sensor platform that can capture video, audio and environmental data, while providing a visible deterrent. The data provided by the Sharp INTELLOS™ A-UGV can enhance outdoor surveillance, security, safety and maintenance inspections, which helps organization meet the challenges of an ever-changing security landscape by augmenting a skilled guard force.
The Sharp INTELLOS™ A-UGV has the capability to operate as a self-directed robot, which navigates on the ground, outdoors around a facility, without a human driver. After its route is programmed, it is capable of operating autonomously and can be equipped to extend human capabilities, such as sight, using an array of cameras, including available thermal imaging. Operators equipped within command center software, such as IPV’s C3fusion , can view and monitor sensors mounted on the vehicle, as well take control and direct the robot’s operation. The unit is powered by rechargeable ION batteries, and can operate up to eight hours on a single charge. A siren, flashing lights, voice announcements and two-way communications help to deter vandalism and trespassing, while its cameras and other sensors help assist in identifying other dangers, such as pipeline cracks or gas leaks.
IPVideo Corporation sees the Sharp INTELLOS™ A-UGV as a logical and exciting extension to the capabilities offered by its video management and IoT management solutions. IPV’s expertise in technology convergence and integration dovetails perfectly with the role the Sharp INTELLOS™ A-UGV can play as part of a comprehensive physical security solution. IPVideo’s open architecture platforms already offer and support a wide range of security and facility management systems. Integration with INTELLOS™ brings a new level of options to the table.
Formally introduced at this week’s ASIS conference in Orlando, IPVideo’s MOSAIC video management system already offers the industry’s widest community of integration partners. The ability to now include video from the A-UGV as additional camera feeds, which can be managed and recorded just like any other cameras on the network, is a force multiplier in providing “virtual eyes” across an entire property. In addition, the A-UGV can be programmed to respond to alerts triggered by other cameras on the network, and be automatically dispatched to investigate and capture video of identified “trouble spots” from angles and perspectives not possible from mounted, static cameras.
Integration with C3fusion provides the option to include management of all other sensors and data collection capabilities from the robot, along with video, within a single management platform, providing security personnel monitoring the system with unparalleled situational awareness. Extensive reporting tools, multi-layered, interactive, geo calibrated maps, and event management tools that prioritize and coordinate response actions, are all key functions of C3fusion that will allow users of the INTELLOS™ A-UGV to derive maximum benefits from its deployment. The robot is particularly well suited for customers with expansive outdoor properties, such as manufacturing, utilities, pharmaceuticals, data centers, airports, rail yards and government facilities, all categories that IPVideo Corporation serves.
David Antar, President of IPVideo Corporation, explains that, “The very essence of IPVideo’s tagline, “expanding the boundaries of technology”, is perfectly exemplified by our partnership with Sharp Electronics and our integration with their ground-breaking Intellos™ A-UGV. There is no question that autonomous unmanned ground vehicles will play an important role within the future security marketplace and we look forward to sharing their many possibilities with our customers.”
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