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Published 16 June 2023
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With the operationalisation of patrol robots at Changi Airport Terminal 4, find out more about what these robots can do!

By: Nur Ihshana Shaheen Binte Babajahn

Meet the new Police patrol robots at Changi Airport, the latest addition to the Singapore Police Force’s (SPF) technological arsenal.

A full view of The SPF's Patrol Robot.
The SPF has plans to roll out patrol robots island-wide to augment its operations. PHOTOS: Ryan Quek

Capabilities of the Patrol Robot
Each patrol robot comes with in-built speakers to broadcast audio messages and a rear LCD panel to display visual messages. During an incident, it can deploy interim intervention measures such as blinkers, siren and speakers to enforce a cordon or warn bystanders prior to the arrival of Police officers. 

The patrol robot is also equipped with an extendable mast of up to 2.3 metres and a camera with a 360-degree field of view, allowing the Airport Police Operations Room to have an unobstructed view of the ground situation for better incident management. 

Members of the public can also readily activate a button located on the robot’s front to communicate directly with the Police.

A close up of the new SPF patrol robot.
The patrol robot is equipped with many features, including speakers, siren, blinkers, a display panel and a two-way communication function with the push of a button.

Patrol Robots as Force Multipliers 
Since April 2023, the SPF has deployed two patrol robots at Changi Airport Terminal 4 to augment frontline Police officers in conducting premises patrol and serve as additional eyes on the ground as well as help project police presence in the airport terminal. More robots will be progressively deployed across Singapore.

The SPF patrol robot in action at Changi Airport Terminal 4 with 2 police officers accompanying it on each side.
The robots patrol alongside our frontline officers and serve as additional eyes on the ground.

Superintendent of Police Lim Ke Wei, Head Operations at the Airport Police Division, said, “The integration of robotics enhances the operational efficiency and capabilities of our frontline officers, enabling them to be more effective in their duties.”

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