Singapore Airport now has police robots

Singapore’s Police Force (SPF) has fully deployed two police robots at Changi Airport.

Two police robots are now patrolling Changi Airport Terminal 4. They are equipped with advanced features such as audio broadcasting, visual displays, and direct communication capabilities.

The authorities see the police robots as an addition to frontline police officers, enhancing premises patrol and contributing to the overall security presence at the airport terminal.

So far most robots at airports are all a bit dull – cleaning is the most widely used. This new robot at Changi looks like it has a bit of character but it probably won’t get much business in Singapore.

Key features and capabilities of the police robots

Changi Airport police robots have sirens, blinkers and speakers
[Image: Ryan Quek / Singapore Police Force]

The police robots come with state-of-the-art features, including:

  • camera mast up to 2.3 metres
  • 360-degree surveillance
  • live-streamed video footage
  • display panel
  • broadcast audio
  • public interaction

Camera mast up to 2.3 metres with 360-degree surveillance

The police robots are only 5ft 7in (170cm) but can reach 7ft tall with that extendable mast. That 2.3 metre mast allows the police robots to see all sorts of stuff over the heads of passengers and the camera on top has a 36-degree view.

Live-streamed video footage

It live-streams what it sees straight to police HD. You can’t hide from this thing. Live-streamed video footage is recorded and kept in the operations room for 30 days.

Display panel

It has a rear LCD panel to display visual messages, like “Police Operation In Progress”. The panel can display useful and important messages to passengers and staff.

Broadcast audio

During an incident, it can deploy interim intervention measures such as blinkers, sirens and speakers to send messages to the public. This helps to introduce cordons and warn people nearby – but who would go near this thing?

Passenger interaction

Apparently passengers and staff can activate a button located on the police robot’s front to communicate directly with the Police.

The police robots have been working hard at Changi since April and are soon to be introduced throughout the island state.

Robots at airports (and ports)

The number of robots trialled at airports (and ports) is increasing and includes:

Our favourites remain AnBot at Shenzhen Airport with the cattle prod and the Sheldon Cooper lookalike at Indianapolis.

The list is getting a bit long to include in a post so we’re going to make some changes. Not sure about the details but there will still be a top 10, with a special – can you beat Shenzhen and Sheldon – feature.

Internet links

Changi Airport (SIN)

Singapore Police Force