The Arms Procurement Agency reported mid-June 2021, that South Korea plans to deploy mobile robots in guard missions, and establish an AI-based surveillance system in border areas to strengthen border security.
The management of the Defence Acquisition Programme decided to use the two new components this year, which use state-of-the-art technology, as part of the 2.8 billion won (2.5 million dollar) “rapid acquisition” project.
The robot is designed to move on an iron fence, at a speed of 5 meters per second, and detect and track moving objects around the clock using a high-resolution tilt camera and an advanced sensor, according to the agency. It will be officially launched after a 6-month trial starting next December.
The South Korean weapons procurement agency said in a statement that the AI-based surveillance system is expected to analyze sounds and movement patterns of objects in surveillance clips and send a warning to the control room when it captures intruders. Since the new system uses depth learning techniques, its tracking capabilities can be continuously improved.
She added that the new system will be implemented in land and sea border areas by October.
The agency predicted that “these systems will help achieve tighter round-the-clock surveillance to reduce potential gaps, and help manage our forces more effectively.”
South Korea is developing surveillance systems and strengthening guard status following a series of security breaches, mostly by North Koreans.