BU Students make reconnaissance robot for law enforcement

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A group of Binghamton University students capstone project was aimed at helping law enforcement. 

Students in Binghamton’s Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science presented a reconnaissance robot they built for the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office.

Five mechanical engineering seniors collaborated with the sheriff’s department on a design that will help out the Tioga County SWAT team.

Sheriff Gary Howard says the robot will be used to check out buildings before sending officers in and will be a massive help with safety. “When I was told about this project here I just thought it was such a great project. They gave a wonderful presentation. What we’re going to benefit out of it is this mini robot that we can put into a building to search. The time and effort they put into it is just unbelievable. I was just really impressed with the team.”

Howard says police robots start at 15 thousand dollars and are often much more expensive.

The Binghamton University students had to build their robot for less than a thousand dollars. 

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