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Robot To Serve Security Detail At FIFA World Cup In Brazil 32

Hallie Siegel writes "PackBots will be deployed in Brazil during the 2014 World Cup Soccer season to bring a high-tech approach to security. The nation's government has secured a $7.2 million deal with PackBot's creators for 30 of the military bots. The robots will be stationed throughout Brazil's 12 host cities, during the soccer matches to boost security and help examine any suspicious objects."
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Robot To Serve Security Detail At FIFA World Cup In Brazil

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  • by Anonymous Coward
    What could possibly go wrong...
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Number 5, is alive!

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Actually the obligatory comment should be "It's football, not soccer!"

  • Since these bots have been as widely used in combat zones, I'm wondering how many are in the black market, and of that population, how many are already in Brazil, and outside of the control of the local security forces that will be using the ones that are authorized. As a result I wonder if the ones that are being delivered to the security forces are going to be branded in some way to make it difficult for people possessing the black market variety devices (or since there are many pictures and videos of the

    • by gl4ss (559668)

      why would you need to buy a friggin rc car on steroids from the black market? why not just call them up... they're just going to be possible bomb inspection bots anyhow and not roaming free in terminator mode..

      • by rusty0101 (565565)

        The reason to buy (if at all) one on the black market, is for the appearance of authenticity. As far as how one would be used would be to "stage" a bomb incident, with the bot "disarming" the bomb, an "inspection/cleanup" team (in paramilitary gear to mask their identity) "clearing" the area, then as everyone thinks the area is clear, the real bomb, or bombs are triggered in the crowd. Not only do you end up having the effects of the bombing, but you end up discrediting the security forces being used to pro

        • by gl4ss (559668)

          well if you have people appearing in paramilitary gear would they bother with fake bomb bots? kinda unnecessarily complex plot. (south america has plenty of paramilitaries though).

          but skipping acquiring some remote control inspection units just because some revolutionaries might have some would be pretty stupid.. and spectators at the games haven't read this pr anyways.

  • The president here in Brazil said recently she would put the army in the cities to "ensure safety" against protests (many here do not agree with this overspending cup). Now this ...
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    Sonny Corleone Make Over courtesy of ED-209

  • by dohzer (867770) the same the "robots" that have been defusing bombs everywhere for about the last ten years?!
  • by litehacksaur111 (2895607) on Thursday February 20, 2014 @12:14PM (#46295823)
    The stadium is like 6 months behind schedule and has suffered from numerous accidents including fire damage. I think this is the least of their troubles at the moment.
  • They want to have a $100k piece of equipment walking around in Brasil? They are getting stolen before the 20 seconds are up! "Drop your weapons. You have 20 seconds to comply. Do not approach. Do not lift this unit. Do not place unit in van. Help!"

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