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iRobots Assisting Police in Brazil For 2014 World Cup

A team of 30 iRobot Packbots is helping law enforcement in Brazil examine any suspicious packages during the World Cup tournament.

With hundreds of thousands of people centered around the World Cup in Brazil, local police agencies have employed the help of Packbots from iRobot to help with any suspicious packages that are found.

Used as first responders, these Packbots weigh approximately 65 pounds and can travel at speeds of up to 5.8 miles per hour, according to Popular Mechanics.

Brazil paid $7.2 million for 30 Packbots and three years of support from iRobot. The contract started in 2013, in advance of the Confederations Cup — a warm-up tournament that happens a year before the World Cup. The timing gave the more than 170,000 security personnel on hand in Brazil – including police, military, and private contractors – ample time to train with the technology.

The unmanned ground vehicle systems from iRobot, complete with a “game-style controller,” are able to perform Bomb Disposal/EOD actions.

They are able to climb stairs, obstacles and debris, as well as grades up to 60 degrees, according to iRobot. The Packbots are also submersible in three feet of water and operational in all weather environments.

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