Robot cop to walk Dubai streets in May

Dubai is known for turning fiction into reality. Now, come May and you can spot robot cops walking in the streets. The officials claim that robots will make up a quarter of the police force by 2030.

Robot cops  will make up a quarter of the Dubai police force by 2030.
Robot cops will make up a quarter of the Dubai police force by 2030. Photo courtesy:

These robots have diverse features and 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.

Brigadier Abdullah Bin Sultan, Director of the Future Shaping Centre of Dubai Police told a local daily, “We planned for a security system for the city to tackle future crimes. By 2025, Dubai will be one of the best five cities in the world on a security level.”

He added, “The department hopes robocops will make up 25 per cent of the police force by 2030.”

Giving a peep into the future, Bin Sultan said, “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.”

Further, all police buildings will be 50 per cent self-power-generated. A DNA data bank will be built as well.

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,” he said.

Dubai police showed off their first robot cop model during the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) last year. The prototype robot officer, which was made with IMB’s supercomputer, Watson, roamed freely around the event and was capable of saluting and greeting visitors with a handshake.