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Credit: Victoria Police

Credit: Victoria Police

High-tech bomb response robots join the front line in Australia

On Feb 22, Australian Minister of Police Lisa Neville unveiled two new state-of-the-art high-tech bomb response robots which will join Victoria Police in the front line.

As the Australian Government’s technology revolution for Victoria Police continues, two new high-tech bomb response robots will assist police with surveillance, security and bomb-disposal operations.

“These new bomb response robots are more technologically advanced and will replace the aging robots to ensure police have the latest technology available to keep Victorians safe,” Minister of Police Lisa Neville said.

Since May last year, the Dragon Runner (DR20) – a small, fast and agile robot – has been in operation to assist Australian police.

The DR20 can access confined spaces and can be rapidly deployed to provide a faster assessment of suspicious packages, improvised explosive device or hazardous materials.

The two new bomb response robots to join the front line are Telerob Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Observation Robot (TEODOR) and TELEMAX.

The TEODOR is a large and versatile bomb response robot that is designed to replace people in potentially dangerous situations and to perform hazardous tasks for them. Operated by remote control, the TEODOR can deploy a wide range of tools including drills, grinders and x-ray equipment.

The new robot recruit was put through its paces last week when it was used to investigate a suspicious package found on Russell Street, which caused parts of the CBD to be closed down. The package was eventually declared safe.

The TELEMAX is a medium robot designed to access public transport vehicles such as planes, trains, trams and buses. It can also carry a wide range of bomb response tools and equipment.

 “The robots will ensure the Bomb Response Unit has the best equipment and the flexibility to respond to security incidents and modern policing challenges,” Minister of Police Lisa Neville said.

The new robots were funded as part of the Labor Government’s A$596 million Public Safety Package announced as part of the Victorian Budget 2016/17.

“These robots are just one part of our record investment to support our frontline squad officers and keep Victorians safe,” she added.

The Labor Government’s record $2 billion investment is giving police the resources – including 3,135 new police – the powers, the technology and the laws they need to keep Victorians safe.

This investment has already delivered major improvements to police’s capability to target and respond to crime through the new 24-hour Monitoring and Assessment Centre, intelligence system, mobile technology, and soon-to-be deployed body-worn cameras.

As reported earlier, a trial of 200 cameras will be rolled out to police in Epping and Ballarat in April this year as the first stage of the Victoria Police state-wide roll out of body worn cameras.

Police will use the technology to gather evidence which may be used in court for greater transparency and decision making including the ability to capture real-time video evidence of the scene of an incident.

The trial is part of the Labour Government’s plan to deliver 11,000 cameras by 2020 to police across the state of Victoria, Australia.

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