After introducing Lamborghinis, Mustangs and Ferraris for patrolling, Dubai police moves one step ahead. A robotic policeman having detective capabilities has joined Dubai’s Police force. This “Robocop” can help identify wanted criminals and collect evidence. It will also patrol the crowded areas of the city as part of a government programme focused at countering crimes with machines.
If the “Robocop” experiment is successful, Dubai Police intents to make robots 25 percent of its patrolling force by 2030. The government planned to use technology to enhance security and services ahead of Expo 2020 to be held in Dubai.
Disguised in Dubai police uniform, this robot can perfectly perform a military salute to his commandant and shake hands with people. “These kind of robots can work 24/7. They won’t ask you for leave, sick leave or maternity leave. It can work around the clock,” said Brigadier Khalid Nasser Al Razooqi, director general of the Smart Services Department at Dubai Police.
The first-ever automated policeman of the region, A robot on wheels is equipped with highly advanced cameras and facial recognition software.
It can identify the culprits by comparing the faces with a police database and flag matches back to headquarters. It can read vehicle licence plates and its video feed can help police watch for security risks such as suspicious activities and unattended shopping bags in popular areas of Dubai, a financial and tourism hub.
A Robotic policeman has a touch screen embedded in his chest which makes him able to communicate with public. So that anyone can report a crime using this feature. The Robocop was build by PAL Robotics based in Barcelona, Spain, and programmed by Dubai Police.
Most people are not nervous about talking to a robot and some even seem to prefer it, Razooqi said.
“We now see the new generations who are using smart devices – they love to use these kind of tools. A lot of them have seen the Robocop movie and they said: you guys, you have done it.”