Robot vehicles are set to patrol vital nuclear materials in the Nevada desert.
The US National Nuclear Security Administration recently unveiled their robotic vehicle to guard Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), to secure vast area of desert where about 1360+ square miles is used to dump nuclear waste and yard for col war used instruments. The gurad robotic vehicle called Mobile Detection Assessment Response System (MDARS) robot is camera based machine that can roam and scout the desert on its own. At finding something unusual it alerts a remote operator, whereas Human controllers at the back-end get real time video feed form the bot and can communicate with trespassers using speakers and a microphone. For experiment only one robotic vehicle is petrolling, but NNSA is planning to add more machines in near months.
NNSA estimates that each robot saves about $6 million in infrastructure costs by removing the need for stationary cameras, sensors, and wired connections. Robot patrolling will save an additional $1 million a year in associated maintenance fees for those stationary systems. In short, employing robots makes sense financially as well as tactically. +more
The MDARS actually isn't that big of a robot, but it can save facilities millions in dollars.