24 Nov '11, 8am
Robot guards with sensors to detect abnormal behaviour to patrol S. Korea prisons
SEOUL (AFP) - Robot guards with sensors to detect abnormal behaviour will soon begin patrolling South Korean prisons to ease the burden on their human counterparts, researchers said on Thursday. A group of scientists has developed the robot warders under a one billion won (S$1.1 million) project organised by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy. The robots - 1.5m high and running on four wheels - will mostly be used at night. They can connect prisoners with officers through a remote conversation function, according to a statement from the Asian Forum for Corrections (AFC), a South Korea-based group of researchers in criminality and prison policies.