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Twin Arrows Casino in Flagstaff to unveil state's first security robot

Posted at 6:49 PM, Jun 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-27 23:25:20-04

A Flagstaff casino is adding a robot to its security team in an effort to "cover more ground" inside the property and around the parking lot. 

Brian Parrish, the interim CEO of the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise, says Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort is unveiling a Knightscope security robot. The casino is the second in the nation to introduce a Knightscope autonomous robot. 

The robot, also called "K5," won't be replacing any "human jobs," the casino explained. Instead, it'll work with the team as they patrol the 300,000-square-foot facility. 

K5 uses real-time information through its multiple sensors to determine if there's a threat in the area or not, a spokesperson said. 

Some other capabilities include: reading license plates; record, send and store video; provide thermal imaging; track parked cars; serve as a two-way intercom; play pre-recorded and custom messages; detect humans in places they're not supposed to be on the grounds. 

K5 will launch full-time at Twin Arrows on Friday, June 29.

Twin Arrows is east of Flagstaff, along Interstate 40.