The Singapore Police Force (SPF) announced plans to expand the deployment of patrol robots across the city-state after successfully conducting small-scale trials for over five years. The initial deployment took place at Changi Airport's Terminal 4 in April, where the robots assisted frontline police officers in conducting premises patrols.
Given Singapore's small population and low birth rate, the city of 5.6 million people relies on technology to overcome manpower constraints. Recognizing this need, the SPF intends to progressively deploy more patrol robots throughout Singapore, although no specific timeline was provided.
Equipped with cameras, sensors, speakers, a display panel, blinkers, and a siren, the robots offer enhanced capabilities for law enforcement. An extendable mast with a 360-degree camera provides real-time ground surveillance to officers in a situation room, while a two-way communication channel enables direct interaction with the public.
The patrol robots serve as a valuable addition to the SPF's technological arsenal, capable of autonomous patrolling and providing the police with an improved situational awareness to make better-informed decisions. Utilizing their blinkers, siren, and speakers, the robots can establish cordons or issue warnings to bystanders during incidents before human police officers arrive on the scene, as stated in the official announcement.