Amazon Unveils Astro for Business to Enhance SME Security with AI and Robotics

Amazon Unveils Astro for Business to Enhance SME Security with AI and Robotics

Astro for Business intends to empower small and medium-sized businesses with an innovative and dynamic security solution.

Amazon has recently announced the launch of Astro for Business, a new security solution designed specifically for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). This innovative product combines the advanced capabilities of robotics, smart security and artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance business security. Astro for Business can be customized with various subscription services, offering layered benefits to meet different security needs. 

Astro for Business: A new era in security

Astro for Business is set to redefine traditional security systems, which can be static and costly, by providing a dynamic and affordable solution. According to Anthony Robson, Head of Product for Amazon Astro, the intelligent motion of Astro has been tested in various business environments, demonstrating its effectiveness in monitoring blind spots and areas beyond the reach of stationary cameras.

Key features and subscriptions

Astro for Business offers comprehensive 24/7 surveillance capabilities. It can map areas up to 5,000 square feet and includes features like live view, two-way talk, an HD periscope camera with night vision and visual ID for smart alerts. The device offers different subscription levels:

  • Ring Protect Pro: This subscription saves video history for up to 180 days and integrates Astro with Ring Alarm for enhanced alert functionalities.
  • Astro Secure: Tailored for businesses, this subscription enables autonomous patrols and custom security monitoring routes. It also includes smart alerts for specific sounds like glass breaking or smoke alarms.
  • Virtual Security Guard: Adding this service allows Rapid Response agents to remotely control Astro for further investigation during alarms, with the capability to call emergency services if necessary.

Privacy and control

Astro for Business is equipped with multiple privacy controls. It doesn’t retain voice recordings, and users can easily deactivate microphones, cameras and motion. Additionally, users can set “out-of-bounds” zones for Astro’s patrols.

Testimonials and business applications

Businesses across various sectors, including retail, manufacturing, health and wellness, food and beverage and construction, have piloted Astro for Business. Users have praised its ability to swiftly navigate warehouses, check on potential issues in real-time and provide security in ways traditional devices cannot. 

For instance, James Mahon, president of Southern Oregon Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., mentioned Astro’s effectiveness in monitoring his warehouse, while Jonathan Hebel, COO of Hapa Group, shared how Astro helps ensure safety protocols, like checking that industrial ovens are turned off.

Pricing 

Astro for Business is currently available for purchase in the U.S. at a starting price of US$2,349.99. This price includes a four-month free trial of Ring Protect Pro and Astro Secure, valued at US$320. Virtual Security Guard is an additional option available for those subscribed to both Ring Protect Pro and Astro Secure, at US$99 per month.

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Press release link: https://press.aboutamazon.com/2023/11/introducing-astro-for-business-a-customizable-security-solution-bringing-peace-of-mind-to-owners-of-small-and-medium-sized-businesses

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