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GCN JUNE 2014 • GCN.COM 23 ONLINE REPORT SPONSORED BY: Iron Bow Technologies TOPICS INCLUDE: Special Report NETCENTS-2: THE IT KEY TO THE AIR FORCE'S NET-CENTRIC MISSION NETCENTS EVOLVES AS REQUIREMENTS EVOLVE AIR FORCE LEVERAGES THE POWER OF MANDATORY USE POLICY AIR FORCE CREATES NEW OPENINGS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES PRODUCT BUYING CRITERIA: NOT A SIMPLE MATTER TO LEARN MORE, VISIT: GCN.COM/2014NETCENTS2 to dismantle it and preserve fo- rensic evidence. SAPBER carries four video cameras, radio communica- tions, a telescoping mast, cut- ting wheels, a twisting wrist and is powered by two 12-volt bat- teries. The robot is designed to carefully disassemble the pipe bomb and preserve both the ex- plosive materials and the pipe itself as evidence. According to DHS, SAPBER, which was designed and manu- factured by RE2 Inc., was built from com- mercially available parts that are relative- ly inexpensive and easily replaced. The device currently has a price tag of about $12,000. According to Tom Phelps, director of robotics products at iRobot, public safety agencies are not only increasingly calling for robots, they're specifically calling for smaller, more portable units. "Part of what is driving that is they need better rapid response," Phelps ex- plained. "They want to have robots that fit into smaller vehicles, whether it's SUVs or police cars, so they can rapidly respond to suspicious devices instead of having a big command vehicle or trailer." That's why iRobot added the 110 First- Look to its already relatively broad array of relatively small robots. Weighing in at only 5.4 pounds and measuring 4" by 10" by 9", the 110 First- Look is designed to be literally thrown into potential hazardous situations to scout the environ- ment and send back video to its operator's control device from its four cameras. The FirstLook can move at up to 3.4 miles per hour, has a range of 656 feet and can automatically right itself if it tumbles in rough terrain. "We're seeing where a lot of the tactical teams are starting to adapt robotics as part of their toolset," Phelps said. "They want robots that they can actually carry into a situation -- either to throw into a building through a window or doorway or just into the next room -- to get quick reconnaissance to understand what the situation is." And if manipulative capabilities are needed, responders can send in one of iRobot's other robots, such as the 710 Warrior. At 18" tall, 35" long and 30" wide (with removable self-righting flip- iRobot's First Look is designed to be literally thrown into potentially hazardous situations and scout the environment. iROBOT