Dubai is known for being a city of entertainment, extravagance and extreme heat.
Possessing both the tallest building and the largest shopping mall in the world, the capital city of the UAE is a global tourist destination and is leading the way for the Middle East.
They may now add another record to their list of achievements – Dubai Police unveiled the world’s first robotic police officer.
The ‘Dubai Police Robot’, as its nametag at the conference read, currently can converse in both English and Arabic, with plans to add Russian, Chinese, French and Spanish at a later date.
Brigadier Khalid Al Razooqi, the Director General of the Smart Services Department of Dubai Police, emphasised the interconnectivity that the robot’s inbuilt cameras will enable through constant video streaming.
“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 centre.”
Already able to recognise nametags, as one conference attendee found out, Al Razooqi also mentioned that they’re working on facial-recognition systems.
“I was really surprised when it looked into my eyes and said, ‘Hi, Mohamed’,” said Mohamed Elnakib, a manager with a telecommunications company.
“Then I realised it had read my name tag. It was creepy but it is also the future.”
The initial rollout will feature the Robocop, currently a lieutenant, at shopping malls and popular tourist attractions around the city. The next phase will be used for real crime-fighting, albeit mostly dealing with misdemeanours.
As Dubai aims for 25% of their police force to be robotic by 2030, they also announced they were planning to reveal the world’s biggest robot before the next decade rolls in, a 3 metre automaton capable of running at 80kph.