Amazon Launches Astro: Transforming Household Robot into Business Security Guard

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Amazon Launches Astro: Transforming Household Robot into Business Security Guard
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Amazon has announced its household robot Astro will be sold as a security guard under a business program. Astro is designed to patrol business premises, responding to suspicious noises, fire alarms, and carbon monoxide alerts.

Customers can utilize the built-in camera to monitor their space and use a speaker to communicate with others. Amazon offers the robot in a basic version, expandable with subscriptions for additional features.

Primarily, Astro can cover an area of up to 5,000 square feet, allowing customers to control the robot within that space. The basic version includes camera use with night vision, two-way communication, and visual ID checks.

Subscriptions transform Astro into a security robot. With the Ring Protect Pro subscription, Astro’s video recordings can be stored for 180 days. Additionally, the robot can sync with various Ring products like cameras and sensors to relay their alarms.

Through the Astro Secure subscription, the robot autonomously patrols business spaces, allowing customers to program different security routes for Astro to follow. It can also send alarms when detecting suspicious sounds and navigate to the specific location.

The Virtual Security Guard subscription enables Astro to immediately contact a security service upon hearing suspicious noises like breaking glass or encountering a suspicious person. The security service gains access to Astro’s video feed and control.

Subscriptions can cost $180 per month

Astro for Business in its basic version costs $2,350 plus taxes. Subscriptions are additional: Ring Protect Pro is $20 per month, Astro Secure is $60 per month. After subscribing to these two, customers can activate the Virtual Security Guard for an additional $100—this option is available only with the other two subscriptions. Initially, Astro for Business will only be available in the USA.

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