Dubai police set to trial crowd control drone

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Dubai Police will trial using a drone to control crowds at sporting stadiums during football matches.

The unmanned, remote-controlled device, which can travel up to 50 metres in the air for about an hour, will be used to hover over crowds and record live footage that is monitored by police on the ground via WiFi.

Major-General Mohammad Eid Al Mansouri, Director of the General Department of Protective Security and Emergency Department at Dubai Police, said the small drone would first be used to ensure football fans behaved at the Etisalat Cup final between Al Jazira and Ajman at Al Wasl Stadium tonight.

Police services around the world have shown their interest in using drones to help with law and order, however many governments have banned it over privacy issues.

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