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Saturday, June 15, 2019, 19:40
Robot traffic cop spotted at Singapore's airport
By The Straits Times/ANN
Saturday, June 15, 2019, 19:40 By The Straits Times/ANN

SINGAPORE — A robot traffic cop has been spotted at Changi Airport.

In a video obtained by The Straits Times, an orange and black robot about 1-meter tall is seen with the words "Traffic Enforcement in Progress" flashing.

It stops, points its camera at a car that is waiting at an unauthorized area and flashes the sign "No Parking".

The robot's job is to conduct patrols but it does not issue summonses. It is fully autonomous and encourages smooth traffic flow, according to a Certis spokesman

The robot, which belongs to Certis which provides security services at Changi Airport, is currently on trial.

Its job is to conduct patrols but it does not issue summonses. 

A Certis spokesman said: “As part of our ongoing efforts to reimagine new concepts in advanced security operations, Certis has been conducting trials at Changi Airport in the past two weeks."

The robot is fully autonomous, and encourages smooth traffic flow, added the spokesman.

If feasible, such robots will take some of the load off Certis officers who can then be deployed to do other duties.

At Changi Airport, where the firm has about 4,000 staff, leveraging technology is critical, Tan Toi Chia, senior vice-president of corporate planning, group communications and marketing, said last month.

At the Certis Integrated Operations Centre at Terminal 2, for example, a network of thousands of cameras helps staff keep a 24/7 watch on the passenger terminals, airport perimeter and Airport Boulevard.

Even as technology continues to develop and robots perform some security functions, “the human touch will always be required”, Mr Tan told ST then.

“Technology will help us do things better, faster and more effectively, but it will never replace humans 100 percent,” he said.

The robot trial is the latest initiative at Changi Airport that has been turning to technology to operate more efficiently and reduce the reliance on manpower.

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