December 10, 2021
Asylon Robotics, an American robotic perimeter security company, has announced it will demonstrate DroneDog live on Wednesday, Dec. 15. During the demonstration, two guests will have complete control over the DroneDog – physically located in Norristown, Penn. – without leaving their respective offices around the country.
Earlier this year, Asylon said it partnered with Boston Dynamics, creators of the Spot quadruped unmanned ground vehicle (Q-UGV) to create the DroneDog system. The complete system includes additional hardware and software components that are set to be unveiled during the event.
Asylon said it developed capabilities that include live video monitoring, teleoperation, 20x optical zoom, infrared (thermal) vision for night operations, and automated charging for a “set and forget” system. While most ground robots run on wheels or tracks, DroneDog’s leg design allows it to travel over uneven and unpredictable terrain with organic, life-like motion, the company said. An organization can have multiple DroneDogs that work in combination to employ an automated security task force to guard locations 24/7.
Released in 2016, the Asylon flagship product is an automated drone system used by companies such as Ford Motor Co. and FedEx. With the completion of nearly 20,000 automated drone security missions for the commercial and government sector, Asylon said it took the experience gained in building automated flying robots to the ground with its new DroneDog platform.
“Years ago, we recognized that the air and ground robotic combination would be the greatest value-add for our security customers,” said Michael Quiroga, chief revenue officer at Asylon Robotics. “The addition of the DroneDog unlocks an entirely new category of robotic capability. We’re excited to say that the years of technology evaluation and R&D have brought us to this moment here and, for those in the security space, this is absolutely a game changer.”
The DroneDog system can also automate observe-and-report security patrols, detect anomalies that require a response, and prepare response teams for potentially dangerous situations. The company said it does not discount the capabilities that a traditional security officer offers, but instead the system can be used to augment services, offering a multi-domain security perspective.
“Technology is a tool to either solve problems or create value,” said Ryan Hodgens, director of marketing at Asylon. “For a new product to truly matter, there has to be a problem in the first place or some significant capability to add. Through Asylon’s customer-centric approach to building technology and capability, I’m confident the DroneDog will have a major impact for the security industry by both addressing critical staffing issues and by increasing the capability of the security operations center.”
The live demonstration can be viewed here.