Crime Prediction & The Future of Security Technology

In the latest installment of our CALSAGA security blog, we take a look at two technologies that emerged in 2014 that could potentially change the face of private security and how police officers predict and respond to crime. The first of these innovations is the K5 Autonomous Data Machine from California-based company Knightscope.


The robots, which resemble a slimmed down R2-D2, weigh in at 300 pounds and stand 5 feet tall and collect relevant information based on the sights, sounds and smells they gather while on patrol. This information is then fed into an advanced computer matrix that helps to unpack the information and display it in a way that is relevant and usable to police and security professionals.


The K5 robot could also be a cost-saver for the private security industry since the cost of use equates to less than what most security professionals are paid. Currently, the ADMs do require someone to monitor and manage the information, but we can expect more automation as its use and development advances. As of this writing, the K5 robots have only been used in select locations in the Bay Area, but Knightscope has plans for further implementation and expansion in 2015.


To learn more about the K5 Autonomous Data Machine and what it’s capable of, visit the information page on the Knightscope company website.


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The software used by the Knightscope robot is similar to that used by PredPol, a company which uses data to help police departments predict when and where crimes are most likely to take place. The software was designed by high-level scholars with backgrounds in social science and mathematics, along with the input from police departments in California.


The Santa Cruz based company is currently rolling out its software to police departments outside of California and the early results are impressive. Many departments are witnessing a double-digit decrease in criminal activity, as well as reaping the benefits of more efficient use of their resources.