Humanoid security robots are here. While a variety of utility patrol robots have been used in the workplace for some time, it is the humanoid-type form that could provide a leap in security robots’ usefulness and workplace acceptance, according to an ADT Commercial white paper, “Humanoid Robots and Commercial Security.”

Artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled humanoid robots can help enhance or supplement security guarding programs in commercial environments by providing the following value:

  1. Robots can navigate the environment and independently perform programmed tasks with minimal human oversight, including conducting routine patrols and clearing safety hazards.
  2. Where a person may grow tired or less attentive during their guarding shift, humanoid robots are constantly alert, helping to minimize the potential for human error.
  3. Robots can potentially reduce human exposure to life-threatening risks or hazards.
  4. Humanoid robots can help address labor costs and shortages associated with the guarding market.
  5. Such technology is designed to recognize and interact with people in an authorized environment, including communicating wayfinding requests or connecting with a standby human operator to ensure accuracy and responsiveness when an incident occurs.