An Israeli firm has designed a security system to ensure jailbreakers or intruders find a guard dog’s bark can indeed be worse than its bite.
Harnessing technology that interprets barking — to see if an animal is responding to a threat instead of just routinely woofing — the company aims to replace or supplement expensive electronic surveillance systems.
The company — which says dogs have better night vision than humans and a vastly superior sense of smell and hearing — used computers to analyze 350 barks and found dogs of all breeds and sizes barked the same alarm when they sensed a threat.
If the dogs sense an intruder or attempted security breach, dozens of sensors around the facility pick up their “alarm bark” and alert the human operators in the control room.
Dubbed “Doguard”, the Dog Bio Security system is in place in high-security Eshel Prison as well as Israeli military bases, water installations, farms, ranches, garages and in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.