iRobot military bots to patrol 2014 World Cup in Brazil

from FIFA may be implementing goal-sensing technology in international soccer games, but the World Cup is getting even more high-tech with military robot security.

iRobot announced today $7.2 million in contracts to provide Brazil with military PackBot
robots for security at the 2014 World Cup.

PackBots have been deployed
to Afghanistan, Iraq, and even inside Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear
power plant.

As part of the deal, Brazil will get 30 PackBot 510 units, which
usually cost about $100,000 to $200,000 apiece. The contracts include
services, spares, and associated equipment.

To spot troublemakers, Brazilian police will be equipped with facial-recognition camera glasses that reportedly can capture 400 facial images per second, storing them in a central database of up to 13 million faces.

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