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The devastating losses at events in Newtown, Boston and similar cities across America weigh heavily on one's heart.

Imagine if we could utilize technology to make
our communities stronger and safer together, Today.

Picture something mobile and autonomous that can see, hear, feel and smell.
Something that will tirelessly watch over your corporate campus and neighborhood to keep your colleagues and loved ones safe.

Imagine no longer. The future is here today. It's affordable, friendly, intelligent and best of all, it's available NOW!

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Our Team

The Knightscope team is comprised of a number of seasoned entrepreneurs with experiences at numerous start-ups.

Additionally, the team has worked at Ford, Volkswagen, Deloitte, Stanford University and in law enforcement, and has been educated at a number of the nation's top universities.

William Santana Li
Chairman and CEO
Stacy D Stephens
VP Marketing & Sales
Dr.Arne Stoshek
VP Engineering
Aaron Lehnhardt
Chief Designer
Mercedes Soria
Director Software Engineering
Dominic Villa
Platform Engineer
Phillip Wong
Software Engineer
Suraj T Narayana
Data Engineer
Urja H Patel
Data Engineer
Selvamraju Somalraju
Robotics Engineer
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FAQ
When was Knightscope founded?
April 2013
Why did you start Knightscope?

Knightscope was originally founded in response to the tragic events at Sandy Hook and the Boston Marathon. We believed that we could greatly reduce crime by effectively crowdsourcing security – we would provide the public with open, transparent access to real-time data and alerts and allow them to contribute important information to authorities to more rapidly and effectively save lives and money.

Our long-term goal is to show that with a combination of hardware, software and collaborative social engagement, we will cut crime by 50%.

What is the Knightscope K5?

The Knightscope K5 fuses autonomous robots and predictive analytics to provide a commanding but friendly physical presence while gathering important real-time on-site data through its numerous sensors.

Data collected through these sensors is processed through our predictive analytics engine, combined with existing business, government and crowdsourced social data sets, and is subsequently assigned an alert level that determines when the community and the authorities should be notified of a concern.

How much will a Knightscope K5 cost?

For a basic version, we intend to offer it on a Machine-as-a-service basis at $6.25 per hour for 24/7/365 coverage.

Q: Who is Knightscope?

A: Knightscope is made up of dedicated, community-minded entrepreneurs passionate about predicting and preventing crime. This talented and resourceful team developed an autonomous technology platform that fuses robotics, predictive analytics and collaborative social engagement to seek out unlawful activities within a geo-fenced area.

Q: Where is Knightscope located?

A: Knightscope is headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley in Mountain View, California.

Q: When was Knightscope founded?

A: The Company was incorporated in April 2013.

Q: Why did you start Knightscope?

A: Knightscope was originally founded in response to the tragic events at Sandy Hook and the Boston Marathon. We believed that with a unique combination of hardware and software we could greatly reduce crime by crowdsourcing security.In order to accomplish that, we will provide the public with open, transparent access to real-time data and alerts and allow them to contribute important information to authorities. Together, we will more rapidly and effectively secure our communities, and save money while doing so!

Q: What is the Knightscope K5?

A: The Knightscope K5 is an autonomous robotthat provides a commanding but friendly physical security presence.The K5 gathers important real-time, on-site data through its numerous sensors, which is then processed through apredictive analytics engine. There it is combined with existing business, government and crowdsourced social data sets to determine if there is a concern or threat in the area. If so, an issue is created with an appropriate alert level and a notification is sent tothe community and authorities through the Knightscope Security Operations Center (KSOC), a browser based user interface.

Q: How much will each Knightscope machine cost?

A: For a basic version, we will offer a fully inclusive "Machine-as-a-Service" (MaaS) at $6.25 per hour. Knightscope is focused on clients seeking 1, 2 or 3-year subscriptions utilizing 24-hour deployments.

Q: Who will use the Knightscope K5?

A: The Knightscope K5 may be used in many industries and environments. The human attention span during monotonous, boring tasks is only 5-10 minutes. And with employee turnover rates as high as 400%, the security industry is rightfully seeking innovative solutions. Knightscope’s primary goal is to allow customers to utilize the best of Silicon Valley to put machines to work in those routine, monotonous and sometimes dangerous situations, thus freeing up humans to do the more hands-on and strategic activities. Corporate campuses, data centers, shopping malls and private security companies are among the many customers already engaged today (think corporate espionage, rogue networks, asset protection, etc.).

Q: Are the machines safe to operate in large, crowded environments?

A: The Knightscope K5 is fully autonomous and can navigate through an environment with moving objects. The technology is similar to that being utilized by the autonomous cars that actively drive the streets of Silicon Valley today.

Q: What about privacy concerns? How does your company address them?

A: In the long-term,Knightscope intends to live stream any and all information gathered when we push a safety alert to the community and the authorities with full transparency. We can leverage the social media infrastructure and make crowdsourcing security a reality. Technology will save lives and improve society.

Q: How do you respond to those who insist remote presence devices/remote sensors are threats to individual privacy?

A: Interestingly, a person's picture is taken approximately 30 times per day in public without threatening individual privacy. Generally speaking, expectation of privacy in public areas is not necessarily logical (with emphasis on the word ‘public’). Privacy is recognized in areas such as one’s residence, phone booths, hotel rooms and places provided to ensure privacy like a conference room or restroom. Knightscope is focused on outdoor environments away from those private spaces.The real threat is violence, which we are working hard to curtail.

Q: Will Knightscope technologies eliminate human security guards?

A: Absolutely not.There will always be a need for human security guards to do the strategic work. With the K5, we extend human security guards’ awareness by providing them with relevant, real-time information to make the appropriate decisions. Also, with the K5 you don’t have to worry about employee turnover, which has plagued the industry for some time.

Q. Are Knightscope technologies intended to replace law enforcement officers?

A: No, they are intended to help and assist officers, improve response times and keep them out of harm's way if possible.

Q: What is the battery life of the K5?

A: The Knightscope K5 autonomouslyrecharges itself periodically, preventing long periods of downtime and allowing for the transfer of data to the cloud or to a server. It is designed to handleoperation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Q: Is the K5 bulletproof?

A: Unfortunately, there is no such thing as "bulletproof." The Knightscope K5 is ruggedized and protected against vandalism. Its size and sensor payload also contribute to its durability.

Q: Is the K5 weaponized?

A: The K5 is a friendly community tool used exclusively to deliver relevant and real-time information to the appropriate authorities, not to enforce the law. It is an additional set of intelligent eyes and ears used to help security and law enforcement professionals do their jobs more effectively.

Q: How will you prevent people from defacing or damaging the K5?

A: We have identified several options such as proximity sensors, several alarm stages and vandal-proof coatings to protect the K5, but we can’t give away all of our secrets.

Q. Are there any thermal or environmental sensors available?

A: The automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) sensor already incorporates an infrared sensor. For the environmental conditions, we employ a sensor that detects temperature, humidity, CO2, and barometric pressure.

Q. Encryption?

A: Communication at the K5 utilizes 802.11n WiFi and WPA2 with enterprise encryption, while the Knightscope Security Operations Center (KSOC)uses secure sockets layer for data transmission.We can, however, accommodate other common encryption methods as required by our clients.

Q: What kind of photos or videos is the robot taking?

A: The Knightscope K5 visually observes its surroundings through the use of video cameras and license plate recognition devices. While the K5 is unique in appearance and delivery system, the security service that it provides is already commonly accepted in the public domain with fixed security camera systems. It is proactively seeking out anomalies that might suggest criminal activity – e.g., aggressive or furtive gestures – and alerting proper authorities when a concern is detected.

Q: Where and how long is the data stored?

A: Knightscope will work with each customer to determine the ideal location to store data and the lifespan of each data set.

Q: What types of sensors are onboard?

A: The K5 sensor payload will include light detection and ranging (LIDAR) devices; high-definition, low-light video cameras; automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) camera; directional microphones; proximity sensors; inertial measurement unit; wheel odometry unit; and a global positioning system (GPS).

Q: What other data is the robot capturing?

A: The K5 utilizes publicly available data from businesses, government and social data feeds as well as the raw data captured from each sensor on its payload.

Q: What can you tell us about the safety of the sensors (infrared, etc.)?

A: Knightscope utilizes commercially available, off-the-shelf sensors that are already proven safe and effective for everyday use.

Q: Can we remotely wipe the data in the event of robot theft?

A: Yes. Fail-safe measures will be implemented to ensure the security of the data.

Q: At what speed does the robot travel?

A: Safety is critical at Knightscope, so the K5 will only operate at speeds that are reasonable and prudent for the surrounding conditions. Although the K5 is capable of faster speeds, it will primarily operate in the 1-3 mph range under normal circumstances.

Q: How does the robot know where it is?

A: Each K5 operates within a predefined geo-fenced area. And much like a human, the K5 does not rely solely on one sensor to determine its current location and plot a directional path. It utilizes data from multiple sensors – LIDAR, GPS,inertial and wheel odometry sensors – to develop a complete picture of its environment and determine a position within those boundaries. The K5 then carefully navigates, fully autonomously, along a random path seeking to thwart any evildoers.

Q: Can you ship the robot to locations outside the US?

A: Knightscope is currently laser focused on the US market and, more specifically, the Silicon Valley area. Crime is a global issue that must be addressed and future exports will be determined after the platform is proven completely successful locally.

Q: How do you measure our robot's performance?

A: In terms of machine health, a dashboard will be provided as part of the Knightscope Security Operations Center (KSOC) offering to look at overall network health as well as the health of each individual machine.

Q: Does it return to its charging station autonomously?

A: Yes. The K5 is constantly monitoring its own health and will optimize charge times and durations, as well as take advantage of opportunistic charging, in order to ensure consistent power levels and performance.

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