In Singapore, there are now robots on the streets to monitor the safety of citizens. A patrol robot named Xavier is programmed to roam the streets of Singapore and detect “undesirable social behaviour”. Robots move between people on regular paths. They have been equipped with seven cameras to detect any discrepancy in proper social behaviour. Unwanted behavior can be detected if a vehicle is parked incorrectly or if someone lights a cigarette in an unauthorized area. The robot will also monitor whether people are following proper social distancing protocols.
one in Video Released by Euronews, the robot looks like a sophisticated and compact metal structure on wheels and a raised neck that almost reaches the height of a human. However, it is very powerful, as it can collect visual information through its seven different cameras. The robot also displays messages about keeping the city safe and maintaining social distancing.
Project manager Michael Lim said these machines were a new security weapon. In a video interview, he said, “Singapore may be safe, but some things can happen that we didn’t expect. So, if the robot is around and something happens, the people in the control room will have a record of it and they can watch.” can see what happened.”
The robot initially went through three-week testing in September. They were tested in a housing estate and a shopping centre.
This is not the first time Singapore is trying to track its residents with robots and rapidly evolving technology. In this 90,000 police cameras have been installed on the lampposts. These cameras have facial recognition technology that enables officers to track individuals.
While these cameras and police robots are meant to monitor anti-social behavior, their continued surveillance has also raised questions about human rights.
Li Yi Ting, a digital rights activist, realized it was “dystopian” Given the extent to which civilians were monitored. However, the activist felt that it was even more dystopian “that it has become normal and people are not reacting much to it.”