Hyderabad, India-based technology start-up H-Bots Robotics has launched a smart policing robot. A spokesperson for the AI focussed company based in the southern Indian state of Telangana said, the 43kg five-foot-seven-inch tall smart ‘robocop’ could possibly assist traffic management and even assist police in handling law and order.
The company claims that it is the world’s first multilingual smart police robot speaking six languages. The bot has the ability to do 360-degree eye level surveillance and can recognise people, take complaints, detect bombs, identify suspects, interact with people and answer their queries. While English-speaking capabilities have already been built-in, five regional languages are under testing, the robots making firm said.
The robot is named after policeman Hemant Karkare, who died fighting terrorists in the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai and was was developed by a team of 16 engineers and software developers led by its founder P S V Kisshhan.
H-Bots invested nearly $63,000 on robotics R&D for the robot, and now aim to increase building capacities to produce 70 robots a year. Addressing a gathering after the bot’s launch on Friday, Jayesh Ranjan, the state's IT and Industries Secretary, said the robot will soon be tested on field before being released commercially.
In the meanwhile, Kisshhan, said he sees a huge opportunity in real estate, hospitality and healthcare. The robots will be made available for commercial deployment in any part of India he said. The company also plans to ship the robots overseas by end of next year which prices varying from USD 8,000 to USD 32,000.