Renowned casino and racetrack operator Penn Entertainment has signed an agreement with Knightscope, a developer of autonomous security and emergency communications systems. As part of the deal, 43 Penn Entertainment properties will receive K5 autonomous security robots.
Knightscope had previously provided the first robot to Penn Entertainment’s M Resort casino located in Nevada. Similar technology was then deployed at Ameristar Casino Hotel Council Bluffs in Iowa and Hollywood Casino Aurora in Illinois. All of this is as part of a preliminary version of the agreement. Now, once a full-fledged contract is in place, 43 more Penn Entertainment casinos and racetracks will be able to use robots to optimize security.
William Santana Lee, chairman and CEO of Knightscope, commented on the new agreement. Penn Entertainment’s commitment to safety and quality guest service is exceptional. We are very pleased that that we will provide Knightscope technology to their [gambling] portfolio to protect guests coming in and out of all of the company’s properties on a daily basis, he said.
The K5 Knightscope Autonomous Security robot was designed to operate in a variety of environments, including low-light conditions. It is equipped with four cameras and a set of 16 microphones. In addition, the robots are equipped with license plate recognition to ensure strict security measures on the casino grounds.
K5 can be used for area patrols. Using thermal imaging cameras, the robots are able to detect the presence of people during restricted hours. The K5s also have a two-way communication system to enhance the safety of visitors and employees. Security robots are used not only in casinos but also in some shopping centers, hospitals and warehouses.
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