Robots & Executive Protection: Science Fiction or the Future of Operations? | Mark Folmer

Is EP ready for robots? It might sound like science fiction but in truth, it’s already here.

Today we’re joined by Mark Folmer of Robotic Assisted Devices and he’s going to help us unpack this topic so we can get, not just a better understanding of where the industry’s at, but more importantly, where it has the potential to go.

In this episode we’ll explore:

  • Where could robots be useful on an EP operation and where are they already in use?
  • What problem are robotic assisted devices trying to solve in the industry?
  • How do we take this concept out of science fiction and make it applicable to the executive protection industry?
  • How does the day rate for an EP agent compare to the rental of a robot, right now? 

Listen to today’s episode as we attempt to answer those questions and shine light on this fascinating topic as a whole.

More about Mark:

Mark Folmer is the President & Chief Operating Officer at Robotic Assistance Devices, a high-tech company that delivers robotics and artificial intelligence-powered solutions that enable organizations to solve complex security and service challenges. 

Mark is a 25 year security industry veteran. Over the years, he has held senior roles in security services across Canada, has launched a security services consulting firm, has served on the corporate security team of Canada’s largest telecommunications company and has created the security function for a Montreal based software company. 

Named to IFSEC’s Global influencers list in 2018 and 2019, Mark is a Business School Graduate, Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and Fellow of The Security Institute (FSyI). 

He volunteers with ASIS International, as one of the community vice presidents . 

Mark also teaches courses in the Security and Police Studies at the Université de Montréal.


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