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Enova robots impose lockdown in Tunisia

  • June 9, 2020
  • Steve Rogerson

The police in Tunisia are deploying autonomous robots to impose lockdown restrictions on citizens to slow the spread of Covid-19. The robots were built by local company Enova Robotics using technology from Taiwanese IP surveillance provider Vivotek.
 
The P-Guard police robot was originally invented for security patrols of sensitive open areas.
 
To deliver 360deg zero blind-spot surround imagery, each P-Guard robot is equipped with two Vivotek MS9390-HV 180deg panoramic network cameras. Since its debut in 2018, this has been Vivotek’s most iconic multi-sensor camera. It has dual 4Mpixel wide-angle lenses, seamless 180deg panoramic views, and infra-red illuminators effective up to 20m, making it suitable for day and night surveillance.
 
Also, the face-shaped housing design is matched to the robot appearance and makes the P-Guard robot look friendlier to citizens.
 
“Over recent years, Vivotek has aspired to become the ‘eye’ in IoT,” said Alex Liao, president of Vivotek. “We believe our products have unlimited potential to be integrated into a wide variety of system applications and look forward to more cooperation with cross-industry partners. While the world is facing a challenge that no one has imagined before, Vivotek hopes to contribute to the society by securing people’s safety in the smarter ways and is prepared to fight any future crisis together with all their global partners.”
 
With its cameras, lidar technology and network connectivity, the P-Guard can be remotely operated to perform security missions to all corners of the city, making sure people are staying at home during the nationwide quarantine.
 
“Enova Robotics’ core philosophy is knowing today what our customer needs tomorrow,” said Anis Sahbani, CEO of Enova Robotics. “We will help people to handle the most difficult, dangerous or repetitive tasks with artificial intelligence robots.”