Smart Prison Series: Night-time Patrol Robot System 2.0

I&T Wish Smart Prison Series: Night-time Patrol Robot System 2.0
(REF : W-0324)
Summary and Challenges

Not only equipped with basic functions, such as auto-pilot with obstacles avoiding features, visual monitoring and audio communication, the robotic solution is also expected to be equipped with artificial intelligence. The backend real-time monitoring system can be centralised at one place without involving the stationing staff in closely viewing all the screens all the time as the AI-enabled video(and sound)-analytics technology would help pre-analyse the motions (& the sounds) observed from the person(s)-in-custody (PICs).

The robot itself must be able to :

  • get through a minimum width of passage as narrow as 0.8m;
  • silently cruise over bare concrete floor without inducing unacceptable noise (not continuously higher than 45 dBA);
  • have a wide-angle aperture of the video-camera(s) for viewing but without much distorting the aspect ratio;
  • real-time transmission and storing of the video footage to the central station without any delay or intermission;
  • equipped with multiple (and movable) camera(s) to allow the user to observe the prison cell on a side of the robot as well as observe the environment in front and surroundings.

Owing to the high security concern to the CSD, no access to any data is allowed via the extranet, a cloud service or whatever external means.

Expected Outcome 2 units of functional robotic prototype, which will undertake night-time indoor/semi-outdoor patrol within a narrow corridor environment of a correctional institution, to be successfully developed, integrated into a single system control and monitoring platform and tested in trial runs.
Expected Trial Duration
  • Design & Development – 1 to 2 months
  • Offsite/Pre-delivery Trial Run – 1 month
  • Onsite Trial Run – 1 to 2 months
Contact Information
I&T Wish Proposer:Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD)
Contact Person:YIP Chung Ki, Javier
Position:Project Officer (Innovation)/30
Tel: 3912 0667
Email: ckyip@emsd.gov.hk
Initiating Department Correctional Services Department (CSD)
Publish Date 2020-10-08
Closing Date 2020-10-28