Robocop-type policing on Dubai streets 'within five years'

Dubai police's technology chief says working on autonomous robots to help patrol malls, other public places
Robocop-type policing on Dubai streets 'within five years'
By Staff writer
Fri 01 May 2015 12:36 AM

Robocop-type policing could be on Dubai streets in the next five years to help patrol in shopping malls and other public places, a senior officer has revealed.

In comments published by Khaleej Times, Colonel Khalid Nasser Alrazooqi, the chief information officer and general director of the Dubai Police HQ Smart Services Department said they would help police deal with an ever-increasing population.

Alrazooqi was quoted as saying: “The robots will interact directly with people and tourists. They will include an interactive screen and microphone connected to the Dubai Police call centres.

"People will be able to ask questions and make complaints, but they will also have fun interacting with the robots.”

He added that within five years, Dubai Police will be able to field autonomous robots that require no input from human controllers.

“These will be fully intelligent robots that can interact with people, with no human intervention at all,” he said. “This is still under research and development, but we are planning on it.”

Alrazooqi said that the robots might provide a way of expanding police coverage to deal with the massive influx of people expected in Dubai for Expo 2020.

“We are aiming to provide these kinds of services as the population is expanding,” he said. “This way we can provide better services without hiring more people.”

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