The city of Dubai is known its luxury living. However, the city of Dubai has been making moves towards becoming a smart city. The local government of this city, has implemented the use of the Dubai Now platform and is also working along with the United Nations to develop a Smart City Index. However, the steps of the city in becoming a smart city go further than these measures. Recently, the city of Dubai has been making investments in making in improving the city’s security with the use of technology.
Improving Security With the Use of Technology
The local government of the city of Dubai is upgrading the security measures to match the city’s smart city vision. Furthermore, the use of the latest technologies will serve as a starting point for the police to achieve an upgrade in the city’s security.
According to Major-General Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri:
“Dubai Police are keen to get the latest technology to fight crime. We always search for the best technology to serve our police work for a safer and smarter city. We seek to augment operations with the help of technology such as robots. We aim for streets to be safe and peaceful even without heavy police patrol.”
To improve the security of the city, the local government is planning to implement the use of robots. In fact, Dubai Police has just recruited its first Robocop. This robot will be used to chase down suspects and nab parking fee dodgers. Furthermore, the police in this city are also planning to implement the use of robotic patrols.
Dubai’s First Robocop
Recently, the Dubai Police has added its first Robocop to its team. The use of the Robocop, should assist the Dubai Police in chasing down suspects and nab parking fee dodgers. Initially, the tasks of the Robocop will be posting at malls and tourist attractions. People can make use of Robocop by tapping on the touchscreen on its chest to report a crime, pay traffic fines or chat in English and Arabic. The robot has a built-in camera that streams directly the police command center.
According to Brig Khalid Al Razooqi, Dubai Police Director General of Smart Services:
“Now most people visit police stations or customer service, but with this tool, we can reach the public 24/7 and it won’t ask for any sick leave or maternity leave. It has a smart intelligent system so it can protect people from crime because it can broadcast what is happening right away to our command and control center. We are also working on facial-recognition systems.”
With time, the Dubai Police plans to expand the use of Robocops. The next batch of robots will help tackle crime and misdemeanors. The city is planning to expand their Robocop task force within the next two years. Furthermore, this 3-metre tall robot will also help to carry heavy equipment and will be maneuvered by the police officer seated in a cabin inside. The Dubai Police is aiming to have 25% of the force to be robotic by 2030. This will provide the Dubai Police the possibility to focus on crime prevention.
Dubai’s Robotic Patrols
The Dubai Police has also unveiled world’s first autonomous, self-driving miniature police cars. To make this project possible the Dubai Police signed a deal with Singapore-based OTSAW Digital. With this deal, the Dubai police will be able to deploy the O-R3. The O-R3 is the autonomous outdoor security robots of the company.
The robotic patrol vehicles have the size of a child’s electric toy car. Furthermore, these patrol cars are driverless vehicles and will patrol different areas of the city. This will provide the opportunity to boost security and hunt for unusual activity. All of this will be done whiles the patrol vehicle scans crowds for potential persons of interest for the police or known criminals. Furthermore, this system is so advanced that the mini-vehicle comes with its own drone. The drone can be launched via a rear sleeve. Both of these systems are monitored and linked to the Dubai Police command room.
According to Ling Ting Ming, CEO of OTSAW Digital:
“Ultimately, robots exist to improve the quality of human lives, where men take on high-value jobs while robots perform the low-skilled ones.”
These robotic patrol cars are expected to be seen on the streets of Dubai by the end of the year. According to Brig Khalid Al Razooqi, Dubai Police Director General of Smart Services:
“It can recognize people in any area and identify suspicious objects and can track suspects. It has a drone and the user [police officer] needs to access the car through a fingerprint. It will be deployed at tourist destinations in Dubai.”
The implementation of technology to improve the security in this city shows the available possibilities when implementing smart city technologies. The use of these technologies will enable the Dubai Police to be more efficient in its work with fewer people. Furthermore, due to the use of robots, the city will decrease possible risks to be incurred by the police task force when fighting crime. With the use of technology, the police task force of Dubai will decrease the workload of its employees.