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Friday, November 25, 2011

Korean Prison Guard Robots in Pohang Pilot

Prison Guard Robot/AFC
The Korean Herald reports that the the Ministry of Knowledge Economy has funded the development of three prison guard robots for night duty. The robots will be piloted at a correctional facility in Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province in March 2012.

The robots are being developed by the Asian Forum for Corrections (AFC) and the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute.  Professor Lee Baik-Chul of Kyonggi University, who led the design process and heads the AFC, said it was intended to let human guards focus more on correction and rehabilitation efforts.

The robots will be 150 centimeters high, and weigh 70 kilograms and will move on four wheels at walking speed, and will be fitted with video surveillance equipment. The robots will also feature equipment that allows them to recognize unusual behavior such as suicide attempts and violence, and to notify human guards in the control center.
The robots will also have a system allowing the inmates and guards in the control center to communicate with each other. 

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