Robots could secure Belgium’s airports

Artificial intelligence set to aid police and the military


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The Flemish robot company Zorabots has already launched a project with the Dutch and Belgian police for the protection of the airports of Schipol and Ostend.

Two inventors and scientists, fans of Star Wars, think they have found the solution for easing the burden of work for the police and the military having to patrol and secure the airports. The solution is called: Pepper… a Belgian robot.

“Our soldiers and our policemen do a fantastic job, but they are exhausted, while the terrorist threat is more present than ever before. Humans, even if they are irreplaceable, have their limitations. Pepper is capable of assisting them in their surveillance missions and to alleviate the numbers of the personnel.”

It is in Ostend that Tommy Deblieck and Fabrice Goffin, the two CEOs of the company Zorabots, have accepted to let the Belgian widely popular newspaper La Dernière Heure watch Pepper at work.

“We are already working with the Dutch federal police for facial recognition and we are present in Schipol airport, Amsterdam, and in the Ostend airport in Belgium,” Tommy Deblieck told La Dernière Heure .

This Belgian-Belgian company, founded just four and a half years ago employing only forty workers, is today the world leader in humanoid robots. It was almost bought by China before its CEOs decided to go alone. “At first, we wanted to work in the hotel business, so at first we created a robot-butler to greet customers, “says Fabrice Goffin.

Pepper is a state-of-the-art robot and has been programmed to meet travellers’ every need – including being able to answer in 19 languages more than 1,000 questions holidaymakers might have.

It will also be equipped with a smart board on its chest where it will be able to give visual demonstrations and explanations with both maps and text.

Pepper’s introduction to Belgian airport security comes after the robot amazed with its ability to greet visitors at a Belgian hospital.

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