Knightscope's stationary K1 physical security scanner uses Machine-as-a-Service model to detect concealed weapons, radiation

Aug. 29, 2017
The K1 will initially cater to airports, hospitals, retail and other environments with highly sensitive points of ingress/egress requiring a physical security presence.

Knightscope (Mountain View, CA), a developer of advanced physical security technologies focused on "significantly enhancing U.S. security operations" has announced its K1 platform, as a stationary complement to the company's existing portfolio of mobile Autonomous Data Machines (ADM), including the K3 (indoors), K5 (outdoors) and the upcoming K7 (multi-terrain).

The K1 will initially cater to airports, hospitals, retail and other environments with highly sensitive points of ingress/egress requiring a physical presence but in a stationary form. Knightscope will begin delivering the K1 to clients in the fourth quarter of 2017 with a comparable set of features to that of the K3 and K5, but priced at $5 per hour for both indoor and outdoor usage. These features include 360-degree daytime/nighttime live streaming and recorded video, license plate recognition, people and signal detection as well as broadcast and intercom functionality. The K1 with the optional Concealed Weapon Detection and Radiation Detection capabilities will commence shipping in 2018 at $7 per hour utilizing Knightscope's Machine-as-a-Service (MaaS) business model. Clients electing not to utilize these optional features will still be able to obtain the K1 at the $5 per hour rate in 2018.

“We are determined to make the United States of America the safest country in the world, changing everything for everyone,” said William Santana Li, chairman and chief executive officer, Knightscope, Inc. “To achieve such an audacious goal, we will need to employ a vast portfolio of technologies to provide security and law enforcement professionals unprecedented capabilities to help keep everyone safe.”

Knightscope's profile page for investors bills the company and its technology thusly:

"Founded in April 2013, Knightscope is an advanced physical security technology that produces Autonomous Data Machines (ADMs). Knightscope’s ADMs are fully autonomous and self-driving gathering significant amounts of data from the environment in real-time and puts the terabytes of data in a usable formula for a human to utilize via its state-of-the-art user interface, the Knightscope Security Operations Center (KSOC). The company is presently deploying its technology with 30 clients, in 8 states and 3 time zones. Knightscope’s clients include malls, hospitals, corporate campuses as well as a movie studio, a stadium, a food distribution facility, a pharmaceutical company, a warehouse and a property manager. Westfield Malls, Samsung, Juniper Networks, ForeScout, Dignity Health and the Sacramento Kings, are among many of their distinguished clients. Machines under contract are for California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York, Texas, Washington and Washington D.C. The company has reached an all-time high in customer interest with now 170+ potential clients in the pipeline at various stages of the sales process and maturity."

Knightscope has grown its team to over 45 employees in Silicon Valley where it says it designs and builds its technology with 85% U.S. content. Each machine is marked with the words “Designed and Built in Silicon Valley.” The company's key strategic investors include NTT DOCOMO, Konica Minolta, Flex Lab IX, and NetPosa. For more information, visit

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