Strategic Elements’ (ASX: SOR) subsidiary Stealth Technologies’ autonomous security vehicle has passed user acceptance testing, paving the way for the Western Australia Department of Justice to adopt the technology initially at the Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison.
Software industrial and Fortune 100 company Honeywell collaborated with Stealth in developing the final vehicle for the prison.
Additionally, Strategic noted the parties have also altered an existing arrangement to continue discussions for a further six months to finalise a broader partnership agreement.
Autonomous robotic vehicle for WA prison
Earlier this year in June, Stealth inked a deal with Honeywell to collaborate on developing a fully autonomous security vehicle for the Eastern Goldfields prison.
Once officially deployed, the vehicle will inspect, test and confirm the integrity of the prison’s perimeter.
It will work without human intervention and the data will be integrated into the prison’s existing technology and processes.
Current processes require two staff to check the fence and security system three times a day. Another officer also confirms the alarms.
According to Strategic, each check takes about an hour to complete.
It is expected the autonomous vehicle will free up staff to focus on managing safety, security and rehabilitation of prisoners.
Honeywell is working with Stealth to build an interface between the security system and vehicle.
It is expected Honeywell’s technology will enable alarm activation and acknowledgement between the security system and vehicle, as well as providing live video streaming to the security system operators and two-way voice communication.
The vehicle will also relay real-time location and status information to provide greater situation awareness.
Roll-out to other prisons
Once successfully deployed at the Eastern Goldfields prison, Honeywell and Stealth expect to roll the technology out across other WA prisons.
The duo will assess using its at other facilities with some changes such as using 4G or 5G networks.