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ZIVA, a robotic solution for security and agriculture inspections

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Innovation in the security and agricultural sector thanks to ZIVA, the patrol and inspection robot...


Edinburgh-based Casta Spes Technologies (CST), a startup which was founded by 24-year-old graduates, Selby Cary and Michael McDonald has created a robotic security vehicle offering security and inspection solutions across many sectors including agriculture, energy and construction. We previously chatted to Selby at Digital DNA 2018.

CST technologiesThe multi-terrain, high-performance robot which has been named ‘ZIVA’, saves over 90% on the cost of a manned patrol. ZIVA was designed to reduce the cost and time associated with false alarms. It also is flexible and can solve blind spot challenges which are a major drawback of static cameras. The ZIVA robot provides 360-degree CCTV coverage and it can either be set to automatically patrol particular routes using multiple sensors and autonomous navigation or it can be driven remotely.

ZIVA works by analysing the images it sees, enabling it to take on important perimeter security roles in remote areas or locations with limited infrastructure such as warehouses, industrial properties and construction sites.

The robot is capable of reaching speeds of 19km/h and tackling rough terrain and its innovative design means that it overcomes many of the challenges faced by competitor robot security vehicles. It also can be used in the agricultural sector for tasks such as checking crops for disease or monitoring livestock.

ZIVA robotZIVA’s mechanical design is unique, combining multiple innovations into one platform. And its flexibility means that clients can customise it to their own requirements providing an affordable, real-world solution to their remote security needs.

Designed using funding from pre-seed tech accelerator, Seed Haus, and with support from Scottish Enterprise, ZIVA is currently deployed onsite with several companies including West Coast Capital Properties. The company plans to deploy more units into the field shortly and will launch a suite of software add-ons and data analytics plug-ins to enhance the robot’s CCTV capabilities over the next year.

Speaking on the innovation, CST co-founder Selby Cary explains:

“It is estimated that the perimeter security market will be worth over $197Bn by 2022, with the global market for surveillance robots expected to reach $10.2Bn by 2025. This is a massive growth industry and Scotland has already demonstrated that it is a leader in robotic technology and development. Scotland is fast becoming the robotics capital of Europe with the National Robotarium under construction in Edinburgh and the city playing host to some of the world’s leading robotics experts. We believe Scotland’s capital is the ideal springboard from which to launch ZIVA”.

Looks like we’ll all be keeping our eyes on Scotland then, to see what this innovative startup does next...



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Published on: 22nd November 2019

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