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Ascento’s robots aid overstretched security guards

Ascento’s robots aid overstretched security guards

Like in many industries, there’s an acute shortage of security guards. This means guards still on the job have to pull extra hours and are more likely to make mistakes because of fatigue. Ascento is stepping into the gap with autonomous security patrolling robots called Ascento Guards. Distinguished by their wheel-leg design that can cover a variety of terrain, Ascent’s security patrolling robots are currently deployed on large industrial sites and perform repetitive tasks like perimeter checks, sending alerts to human security guards when needed. The company says that they have covered 3,000 kilometers for outdoor security since early this year. The Zurich, Switzerland-based startup announced a $4.3 million funding round today, led by Wingman Ventures and Playfair Capital with participation from investors like Tim Kentley-Klay, founder of Amazon-acquired Zoox; Clearpath CTO and co-founder Ryan Gariepy; mybotshop founder Daniel Kottlarz; the Swiss Innovation Agency; and European Space Agency incubator ESA BIC. Ascento was founded by CEO Alessandro Morro, CTO Miguel de la Iglesia Valls, Ciro Salzmann and Dominik Mannhart, and began as a project at …