Robot guards to patrol South Korean prisons

The three 5ft-high robots have been developed by the Asian Forum for Corrections


LONDON — A prison in South Korea plans to use robots for patrolling, which would ease the burden on their human counterparts.

A jail in the eastern city of Pohang plans to run a month-long trial with three automatons in March, the BBC reports.

The three 5ft-high (1.5m) robots have been developed by the Asian Forum for Corrections, a South Korean group of researchers who specialise in criminality and prison policies.

The robots move on four wheels and are equipped with cameras and other sensors that allow them to detect risky behaviour such as violence and suicide.

According to Professor Lee Baik-Chu, of Kyonggi University, who led the design process, the robots would alert human guards if they discovered a problem.

"As we're almost done with creating its key operating system, we are now working on refining its details to make it look more friendly to inmates," the professor said.

The one-month trial will cost one billion won, and is being sponsored by the South Korean government, the report said.

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