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Dubai Police using CCTV to monitor people's temperature, social distancing

Artificial intelligence will generate an alarm to police if two-metre distancing is not being followed

Dubai Police using CCTV to monitor people's temperature, social distancing

Artificial intelligence will generate an alarm to police if two-metre distancing is not being followed

Dubai is to use security cameras on the streets to detect people’s temperatures and notify police about those flouting social distancing instructions.

Speaking at a virtual conference, Brigadier Khalid Nasser Al Razooqi, director general of the Artificial Intelligence Department at Dubai Police, revealed that the AI and CCTV cameras, which are currently in a test phase, can record the temperatures of people walking on the streets, in public places or at shopping centres.

“Dubai Police use AI through the ‘Oyoon’ (‘eye’ in Arabic) project to monitor people’s temperatures during the outbreak,” he said.

Al Razooqi revealed that the project was initially used to detect wanted people through facial recognition and behavioural analysis, but because of the spread of the virus, it was updated to include temperature checks.

The cameras will also be able to detect the distance between people and provide alerts to the police if the strict two-metre social distancing is not being applied.

“We are working to use the cameras to analyse the distance between people as AI can detect if people come closer than they should to each other, and the system can generate an alarm to the command room,” he said.

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