Astro for Business targets retailers, manufacturers, and other industries as a security guard that can patrol for intrusions and other threats.
Amazon has given its Astro robot a new job. That’s a security guard who patrols the store to detect intrusions and other threats.
Wednesday’s company announced Astro for Business is the company’s version of its home robot, built as a security tool for retailers, manufacturers, and a variety of other industries in spaces up to 5,000 square feet. Astro for Business will initially be available only in the US, priced at a hefty $2,349.99.
In September 2021, Amazon announced its first home robot, Astro. This squat, three-wheeled device can roll around your home to answer Alexa voice commands and features a 42-inch periscope camera that can see through countertops and other obstacles. Check if the stove is left on, etc.
Now, two years after its debut, the original Astro costs $1,599 and is available in limited quantities and by invitation only.
Last September, Amazon announced the following at its annual hardware and software event: I was testing Astro The company said Wednesday it is seeing traction from companies in health and wellness, food and beverage, construction and other sectors.
“We have been testing Astro with a variety of companies and have seen first-hand how Astro’s intelligent movement helps them visualize blind spots and areas that were not visible with existing fixed cameras. , giving business owners peace of mind that their inventory and property is protected, even when they’re not there,” Anthony Robson, head of product at Amazon Astro, said in a statement.
Amazon pointed out the following data: National Retail FederationThe trade group and advocacy group shows shrinkage, including shoplifting and organized retail crime, will reach nearly $100 billion in 2022. Big retailers regularly express concerns about theft hurting profits, but there’s little data to prove it, and CNBC has previously reported that theft, including employee theft and lost or damaged merchandise, It reported that other factors may be contributing to the problem.
Amazon also works with Astro for Business to offer a suite of security products for an additional fee, including Ring Protect Pro, which lets you link Astro to Ring sensors and motion detectors. The virtual security guard service allows Astro to notify a remote security center of potential threats such as unrecognized persons, broken glass, smoke, etc. Remote security personnel can view live video and make calls to police and emergency responders.
Correction: Amazon announced Astro for Business on Wednesday and also said Wednesday it is seeing traction from companies in health and wellness, food and beverage, construction and other sectors. The previous version had an error in the description of that day.