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Autonomous Robot Secures Bancorp Tower in Portland

by Marco van der Hoeven

Unico Properties LLC, a real estate investment and operating company, will use the the Knightscope K5, a 5-foot-5-inch, 420-pound Autonomous Security Robot (“ASR”) to patrol the perimeter of the U.S. Bancorp Tower in downtown Portland. This new member to its security team is the first autonomous security robot in downtown Portland.

Nicknamed Rob, it provides continuous monitoring and surveillance for the security officers inside U.S. Bancorp Tower. Cruising along the sidewalk surrounding the parking structure, Rob’s technology has to further enhance safety and security for the tenants and daily visitors parking at U.S. Bancorp Tower, it boosts both the eyes and ears of the already robust security team, and it amplifies the safety measures already in place.

“U.S. Bancorp Tower is a best-in-class building and it’s our goal to always provide our tenants with a security program that reflects that,” said Keren Eichen, Unico Properties Director of Real Estate Services. “We’ve been making continued investments in technology at Big Pink since 2018 to bring world-class innovation, safety, and security to this trophy asset. Incorporating Rob bolsters our security platform and supports our highly trained security operation, by further reducing and deterring activity around the exterior of Big Pink.”

Rob is one of the newest innovations in property security. As the first ASR deployed in downtown Portland, Rob is equipped with:

  • Continual video surveillance at 4K quality with 360-degree visibility.
  • Thermal imaging to detect potential threats.
  • Two-way intercom capabilities to support dialogue between individuals and Unico’s on-site security officers, offering visual and audio contact while maintaining safety.
  • An amplified speaker for alert broadcasting as necessary.
  • License Plate Recognition technology to monitor unwanted vehicles around the garage.
  • Be On the Look Out (BOLO) alerts, prompting notifications when banned individuals are on site.

Adding Rob to the existing world-class security measures at U.S. Bancorp Tower – Portland’s largest office building at 1.2 million square feet – is the latest investment Unico has made to ensure the safety of its tenants, visitors, and employees in the building. The existing security platform at Big Pink includes more than 200 cameras, which offer 200 unique angles and allow the building’s security officers extensive surveillance capabilities. With Unico’s License Plate Recognition technology, access to the parking garage, loading docks, and elevators is significantly limited, and Unico has built a close working relationship with both the Portland Police Bureau’s Central Precinct Bike Squad, which patrols downtown, and Downtown Clean & Safe. Unico has also installed additional lighting throughout the exterior of U.S. Bancorp Tower and its parking garage.

The use of Knightscope technologies, like Rob, have resulted in significant decreases in crime reports and citations, and an increase in arrests. “Big Pink is immensely safe. Adding Rob to our security team augments our security platform with the next generation in surveillance and security, and as a result, it should bring additional peace of mind to our tenants and all who visit the building,” added Eichen.

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