Security, physical as well as digital, has become a priority in all organizations, commercial as well as government.
This is true in the U. S. and around the world. There are 140 nuclear power facilities in the U. S. Many of them will be required to close in the near future. Terrorists would love to steal their nuclear waste, or destroy them. Worldwide there are thousands of sprawling oil and gas facilities and other potential terrorist targets. The attack last year on Saudia Arabia’s oil fields has heightened concerns.
All facilities, military and commercial, in the Middle East are under potential threat given the fragile relations between competing countries and interests. Iraq, Israel, Iran, Lebanon, Kuwait, Yemen as well as Saudia Arabia and other nations in the region have complicated relationships. Trust isn’t high. Blacki has discussed projects with representatives of a number of Middle Eastern countries, including security.
Clearly, protecting assets is critical. The problem is, security, especially security around atomic plants, energy installations, airports, shipping ports, etc. is very expensive because it’s manpower intensive.
The average fully weighted cost of a highly trained security employee is $330,000 per year, not including training. And it only takes one terrorist to cause massive harm. The conundrum is, enhancing security significantly while trying to hold down costs. Which is where Blacki comes in.
Two potential project would have us provide our robot system — the Landshark autonomous ground vehicle and Fullscope Mobile Arm loaded with sensors and sophisticated software — to different operators in the U. S. and the Middle East who manage nuclear power plants. Our role would be perimeter security, one of the original applications designed for the Landshark.
We estimate that each plant would require 20 robots. Add in the demand for other highly vulnerable infrastructure and the opportunity is enormous.