Dubai to get Robot Police force by May 2017

Dubai officers also hope to have the first robot-only police station by 2030

Some of the world’s first robotic police officers are expected to hit the streets of Dubai in May 2018.

Officials in Dubai unveiled plans to introduce a robotic police officer to the United Arab Emirates during a policing forum recently and said they intend to have robot cops serving as about 25 percent of the force by 2030.

“We planned for a security system for the future of the city to tackle future crimes. By 2025, Dubai will be one of the best five cities in the world on security level,” said Director of the Future Shaping Centre of Dubai Police Brigadier Abdullah Bin Sultan said during the event held on March 13.e said.

Sultan said the Dubai Police department hopes robocops will make up 25 percent of the police force by 2030.

 The robots are equipped with facial recognition technology that allows them to scan faces from nearly 30 feet away. Citizens will be able to report crimes and pay fines on the robocop’s touchscreen body.

In addition to the upgraded police technology, Bin Sultan said all police buildings will be 50 percent self-power-generated. A DNA data bank will be built as well. “By 2030, there will be no mysterious or unknown crimes in Dubai and the police will have the biggest DNA data bank in the country,” he said.

Brigadier Khalid Nasser Al Razouqi, general director of smart services for Dubai police, said the department is looking to make everything smart and add more artificial intelligence.

‘By 2030, we will have the first smart police station which won’t require human employees.’

Dubai Police, IBM’s supercomputer, Watson, and Google have all contributed to the unique design of the robot police officer.

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