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AMSTAF: The Robot Which Helps Security Officers

Automotive Robotic Industry displays its AMSTAF robot at the ISDEF 2011
By Elad Benari & Yoni Kempinski
First Publish: 11/4/2011, 7:12 AM

Automotive Robotic Industry displayed its AMSTAF robot at the fifth annual Israel Defense Exhibition (ISDEF), which was held this week in Tel Aviv.

AMSTAF is an unmanned patrol vehicle developed for security, border patrol, load carrying and casualty evacuation missions.

The AMSTAF takes care of security missions and replaces human patrols, according to Amos Goren, Automotive Robotic Industry’s CEO. The unit will soon be implemented in the town of Efrat to help with security there.

“The problem with security is that you have long missions,” Goren told Arutz Sheva, explaining the advantage of the AMSTAF. “The guys sit in the vehicles for long hours and become tired. The AMSTAF never needs to eat or sleep. It has its mission and is very precise in what it does.”

“Whenever there is some kind of intrusion or problem, the first response will be from the AMSTAF and then, afterwards, the other security officers will come,” he added.

According to Goren, the robot can even save lives of security personnel, for example if an area is booby trapped. In such a case, since the robot will move first, it will absorb the booby trap and not the security officers.

He added that his company is now looking at the option of equipping the robot with non-lethal weapons such as a taser or tear gas which can be used against intruders.

“This is the first time that we’ve exposed this kind of technology,” Goren explained. “These are the prototypes. We are having some conversations and negotiations with customers both in Israel and all over the world.”