Over 20,000 security professionals from 125 countries gathered at McCormick Place in Chicago last week for GSX, the premiere conference for the global security community to discuss hot topics and learn about the latest innovations in security. Autonomous technologies—like drones and the robots we build at Cobalt—were on prominent display in the exhibit hall and also a key subject in many speaking sessions. As part of Cobalt’s presence at GSX, we had a booth where attendees could meet the Cobalt Robot and Cobalt specialists in person and get live demos of the robot and specialist engaging with people and working together to identify and flag anomalous events—a foundational aspect of the service we provide.
Cobalt’s booth was located in the Startup Sector in GSX’s exhibit hall, a new area that showcased the latest technological solutions propelling the security industry forward. It was clear through the consistent crowds coming in and out of the Startup Sector that attendees were eager to learn about innovations changing the status quo in security today. They showed a keen interest for immediately deployable technologies for enhancing security operations like the Cobalt Robot.
Cobalt CEO Travis Deyle took the stage at the Startup Sector speaking on topics including “How Robots are Revolutionizing Traditional Approaches to Security” and placing humans front and center of technological innovation in a series called “Are the Lines Blurred? Transforming the Human Factor.” In fact, many of the speaking sessions at GSX focused on best practices and perspectives on vetting, introducing and driving adoption of new technologies.
Key best practices include:
- Utilize test pilots to assess technology in controlled and measurable ways for ROI before making decisions on a full rollout
- Collaborate with cross-functional partners in the company to evaluate technology through the lens of a shared service (if relevant)
- Implement an employee adoption plan to ensure that those who will use or interact with the technology understand what it is, how it works and how it benefits them
- Establish clear success metrics that quantify and qualify the impact of any new technology; assess and adjust metrics as needed on an ongoing basis
While it is no secret that the security industry as a whole has been slower to adopt newer technologies in the past, this year’s GSX highlighted a shift clearly taking place within the global security community towards embracing innovation. As technological advancement continues to accelerate and provide tools and services for today’s security professionals to do their job more effectively, interest in incorporating robots into security operations has reached new heights. With proven impact in enhancing security and facilities management and deployments growing by the day, this is only the beginning.