Autonomous security bot monitors construction jobsites with facial recognition technology

Casta Spes Technologies | January 08, 2020

British company Casta Spes Technologies has developed a robot designed for security surveillance and documentation of construction jobsites that drives autonomously through sites. Ziva is a two-wheeled, image-capturing robot that Casta describes as a temporary closed-circuit TV for jobsites. The robot, which can travel up to 11 mph and has a 12-hour battery life, utilizes cameras and facial recognition software to identify people and vehicles present and if they’re allowed to be in the area. The robot is only available in Europe, but Casta co-founder and CEO Selby Cary told Construction Dive there are plans to roll out Ziva in the U.S. in 2021, or earlier if the right partner comes along to expedite the process.

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Civil engineering is a professional engineering discipline that deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment, including works like roads, bridges, canals, dams, and buildings.

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