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It looks like at least one robot won’t be taking a human’s job — for now, anyways.
After months of patrolling the Prudential Center, a security robot appeared to have been escorted from the property by two human security officers on Tuesday.
The Prudential Center shared a picture on Twitter of the employees, their hands placed gently on the back of the Knightscope K5, an egg-shaped machine equipped with real-time monitoring and detection technology, as they showed it the door.
“Off to explore another galaxy! Farewell, Knightscope K5,” the tweet read. “Thank you for your service!”
The Prudential Center’s security robot was introduced to the city in May by the security firm Allied Universal, in partnership with Boston Properties, the company that owns and manages the popular shopping destination.
A spokeswoman for Boston Properties said in a statement that Allied Universal deployed the robot as “a short-term introduction to the technology.”
“We enjoyed exploring the technology with our security provider, who makes the service available to clients through a partnership with Knightscope,” the statement said. “The robot is being re-deployed in another city. We will look to implement other opportunities in the future to keep our security program evolving.”
The robot was packed with high-definition cameras, giving it a 360-degree view and could make live or pre-recorded audio announcements. It also had an emergency call button.
At the time of its arrival, Allied Universal officials told the Globe that the robot added an extra layer of protection for patrons, on top of the human security guards already on duty.
The Knightscope K5 quickly became a fixture of the Prudential Center’s hallways, as people spotted it rolling at 2 miles per hour along its mapped-out patrol route. Shoppers shared pictures of the robot on social media, and commented on its sometimes eerie presence.
It’s unclear which city the Knightscope K5 is headed to next.
But while in Boston it made out better than one of its brethren, which fell into a fountain in Washington, D.C., in July, while roaming Georgetown’s Washington Harbour, a mixed-use development. At the time, people deemed the incident a robot suicide. The robot was rendered ineffective and was replaced.
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