GXO has announced that it has deployed advanced air and ground security robotics at one of its major distribution centres in Clayton, Indiana, and plans to significantly increase deployment of automated security systems across other sites within the next year. According to the company, this would be the largest air and ground security robotics fleet in the world.
GXO currently utilities the DroneDog and DroneSentry duo, integrated with the DroneCore security platform from Asylon, Inc, at its Indiana facility. According to the company, these systems provide high-quality data and onsite activity updates that can detect potential real-time issues and report them to the security team.
Senior Director of Security at GXO Thomas Nelson stated: “We launched the DroneDog and DroneSentry advanced security system at a customer’s facility that is more than 1m sq ft and requires a 24/7 security presence to safeguard our people and the products. The combination of air and ground robotics gives us superb live video feed, including an infrared vision for night-time patrols, that we can operate, evaluate and respond to in real-time.”
GXO has already used these robotic assets to conduct more than 12,000 patrols or first-responder missions. The company also has used these robotic assets to investigate and clear alarms, as well as complete video-verified security audits.
The aerial drone and ground robot are controllable and can be monitored through a network. GXO believes that automated robots are providing upskilling opportunities for team members, as they receive training on how to effectively operate the technology and proactively create safer facilities.
The Asylon DroneDog system is connected wirelessly to the cloud and features a security payload, a weatherized charging station and the Boston Dynamics’ Spot platform, which is an agile mobile robot that can traverses uneven terrain, climbs stairs and autonomously avoids obstacles.
The DroneDog system has already logged more than 600 miles on patrol at the facility. It works alongside the DroneSentry system, which includes a weatherized base station for autonomous landing and battery swapping. The two technologies offer different vantage points and can place a camera with a 20x optical zoom wherever it is needed, 24 hours a day. GXO hopes that together these systems significantly expand security capabilities, covering more area in less time than traditional surveillance methods.
Asylon, the developer of DroneCore, also supplies experts who work from a 24/7 central control room in Pennsylvania to remotely operate these systems and analyse the security data collected in real-time to keep the space safe and secure for GXO team members.