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Scottish Tech Firm Unveils New Security and Inspection Robot

Dominique Adams


L -R Selby Cary and Michael McDonald co-founders of Casta Spes Technologies

A pair of 24-year old Scottish engineering graduates have unveiled a new robot that can be used for security and agriculture inspections. 

Edinburgh-based tech firm, Casta Spes Technologies (CST), says its robotic vehicle can a fix a number of security issues such as blind spots when it comes to location monitoring. The multi-terrain bot, named ZIVA, is capable of performing perimeter patrols and investigating alarms.

ZIVA, which offers a number of security solutions, can be deployed across multiple sectors including agriculture, energy or construction and can be used remotely or set to automatically patrol specified routes.

CST claims that its high-performance robot can save 92% on the cost of a manned patrol by combining autonomous navigation with multiple software add-ons, such as licence plate recognition and threat classification.


Designed to reduce the cost and time associated with false alarms, the flexible bot is able to cover blind spots that traditional static cameras cannot. The robot works by analysing the images it sees, allowing it to take on important perimeter security roles in remote areas or locations with limited infrastructure, such as warehouses, industrial properties and construction sites.

ZIVA is the first offering of the company, which was established by 24-year-old graduates, Selby Cary and Michael McDonald. The pair designed and created their bot with funding from pre-seed tech accelerator, Seed Haus, and Scottish Enterprise support.

Able to reach speeds of 19km/h the bot can also be used for a range of agricultural functions, such as checking crops for disease or monitoring livestock.

Cary, a graduate of Heriot-Watt University, said: “It is estimated that the perimeter security market will be worth over $197bn by 2022, with the global market for surveillance robots expected to reach $10.2bn by 2025.

“This is a massive growth industry and Scotland has already demonstrated that it is a leader in robotic technology and development.

“Scotland is fast becoming the robotics capital of Europe with the National Robotarium under construction in Edinburgh and the city playing host to some of the world’s leading robotics experts.

“We believe Scotland’s capital is the ideal springboard from which to launch ZIVA. Furthermore, the terrain and weather conditions are ideal for testing. Once we knew we had something that could work in the Scottish weather, we were confident we could get it to work anywhere!”

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