Security, physical as well as digital, has become a priority in all organizations, commercial as well as government. The recent attack on Saudia Arabia’s oil fields has heightened concerns. 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. There are 140 nuclear power facilities in the U. S., and thousands of sprawling oil and gas facilities and other potential terrorist targets. 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. We are discussing providing our robots — chassis, arms if needed, and sophisticated software — to a company that operates nuclear power plants as well as clients in the Middle East. We estimate that each plant would require 20 robots. Add in the demand for other highly vulnerable companies and the opportunity is enormous. Not only for us, but for the companies we serve, because a robot works 24/7, 365 days a year, in good weather and bad.