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Swarm robotics is a relatively new technology that is being explored for its potential use in a variety of different applications and environments. Previous emerging technologies have often overlooked security until later developmental stages, when security has had to be undesirably (and sometimes expensively) retrofitted. This paper compares swarm robotics with related technologies to identify their unique features where existing security mechanisms cannot be applied. The authors then review some of the emerging applications where ineffective security could have significant impact. They conclude by discussing a number of security challenges for swarm robotics and argue that now is the right time to address these issues and seek solutions.
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