Singapore began on Monday (6) testing robots to patrol public areas and prevent social misbehavior, in a new effort to increase the portfolio of surveillance tools.
Named one of the safest countries in the world, Singapore has put two robots to test to detect misbehavior, such as disregarding Covid-19’s security measures, smoking in prohibited areas and improper bicycle parking, the science and technology agency said. Singapore.
According to the agency, the two patrol robots, called Xavier, are equipped with cameras that can detect social misbehavior and trigger real-time alerts to the command and control center. The test takes place in a high pedestrian traffic area in central Singapore.
The agency said that during the three-week trial, the robots will be used for surveillance and message display to educate the public about appropriate behavior. An agency spokesman said on Monday that the robots will not be used for law enforcement during trials.
“The implementation of Xavier will support the work of civil servants, as it will reduce the labor for foot patrols and will increase the operation’s efficiency,” the agency said.
Singapore’s Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said in August that the country intended to have more than 200,000 police cameras by 2030, more than double the current number of cameras installed nationwide in Southeast Asia.