The first responder robot market reached a value of approximately $4.5 billion at the start of 2013, and has been estimated to reach a total value of $12 billion by 2019.
Even as the US presence in Iraq and Afghanistan winds down, automated process implemented as mobile platform systems of engagement are being used to fight terrorists and protect human life. These robots are a new core technology in which all governments must invest.
First Responder robots market growth comes from the device marketing experts inventing a new role as technology poised to be effective at the forefront of fighting terrorism.
The defense industry is entering a new era and first responder robots are poised to play a significant role in achieving a change in security delivery.
With battlefield engagements winding down, terrorism has emerged as a constant and current threat. The recent terrorist bombings in Boston and other cities worldwide illustrate that threat. First responder robots are the best practice technology for dealing with terrorists in many cases.
While the Army's committed to unmanned ground systems, appears to be slowing, this commitment is anticipated to heat up again quickly. The investment priorities are anticipated to change as the Defense Department realises that investments in ground robots are needed to fight terrorism everywhere.
The need for first responder robots was proved in the recent Boston terrorist attack when one of the Watertown police officers pulled the emergency brake on a police vehicle and rolled it up next to the terrorists in the stolen SUV Mercedes. Without actually being in the car, the local police officers were able to spook both terrorists by making them think they were being directly flanked.
Both terrorists were captured using robots, the robot car (actually a real car that was pushed into a bad situation as a robot would be, thus simulating a robot) and the robots that were used in the boat where the other terrorist was hiding to inspect the situation had a direct role in capturing the terrorists.
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