Security News Roundup 17/06/14

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June 17, 2014 3:52 pm

Bob: Britain’s first security robot 

The plot of James Cameron’s Terminator may finally be coming to fruition. Bob has been implemented in G4S offices in Gloucestershire. If he spots something suspicious he reports it to his human colleagues. Bob is on a 3 week trial and scientists are assessing his performance. It’s part of a £7.2 million project by the University of Birmingham.

Bob can even speak to colleagues, ask for help and plug himself in to charge!

Here’s what G4S spokesman Stewart Angell had to say: ‘Bob is not about replacing our security officers; the security officers are at the point of use, They are able to make incisive, very, very quick decisions about changes in the environment. Bob is a complimentary activity that can do guard tours over a period of time overnight or during the day, but also pick up on some of the low level activities that the guard doesn’t necessary need to be involved in.’

Obama to consult US security team over Iraq 

White House officials have said that US President Barack Obama is to consult the US national security team over the crisis in Iraq.

‘Late last week the President asked his national security team to prepare a range of options that could help support Iraq and counter the threat from ISIL. This evening after returning to the White House from California, the President met with his National Security Council to discuss the situation in Iraq. The President will continue to consult with his national security team in the days to come’ – White House spokesperson.