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Cobalt Robotics integrates with Slack


October 2, 2019
By SP&T Staff
SP&T Staff

Cobalt Robotics, a manufacturer of security robots used to autonomously patrol indoor facilities, is integrating with communications platform Slack.

“Slack is one of the most ubiquitous communications platforms among modern enterprises, and we see this integration as a way to bridge your digital and physical offices. The ability to communicate issues through Slack allows our Cobalt Security Service to create a more effective, productive working environment for both security and facilities management teams and the employees they serve. Real-time collaboration and issues management are key factors in mitigating risks for a more safe and secure workplace, and we’re excited to work with Slack to bring this integration to life,” said Cobalt CTO and co-founder Erik Schluntz, in a prepared statement.

Now, when Cobalt robots detect anything that needs escalation or further review, from an unauthorized visitor to CO emissions to a water leak, it triggers a real-time alert in a designated Slack channel. The firm says it follows all company post orders to determine which anomalies and detected events require escalation and review.

If the event requires further discussion or action, companies can create new temporary channels in a workspace from the alert. Onsite security personnel can use the new channel to collaborate with each other and with the Cobalt Specialist Command Center to determine courses of action, including potential new patrol paths or public announcements and broadcasts through the robot. In the case of an emergency, such as a fire or carbon monoxide leak, security teams can activate Cobalt’s PA system and siren through the Slack integration and send Cobalt on a new patrol to monitor an evacuation.

Slack’s VP of Global Workplace and Real Estate, Deano Roberts, said, “With this new integration, security teams add the Cobalt Security Service to a shared channel within a corporate Slack workspace. Anomalies identified by Cobalt needing further analysis or review from the company populate the channel in real-time, extending the visibility of the Cobalt Dashboard into a collaborative space.”