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Dubai Police arrest over 300 suspects with AI-powered cameras

Dubai Police's Oyoon project uses 5,000 cameras to monitor tourist sites, public transportation and traffic

Dubai Police arrest over 300 suspects with AI-powered cameras
Dubai Police's First Lieutenant Ali Al Shehi said that the AI used in the camera system will allow them to analyse live feeds with no human intervention.

A network of AI-powered CCTV cameras helped Dubai Police arrest 319 wanted suspects last year, according to First Lieutenant Ali Al Shehi.

Speaking at an international symposium on police best practices being held in Dubai, Al Shehi said that the Oyoon (eyes) project’s approximately 5,000 cameras cover a number of tourist sites, public transportation and traffic in the emirate.

“The cameras helped arrest 319 suspects in different areas in Dubai through their automatic facial recognition technology,” he said.

The project, he added, is being ramped up as part of Dubai’s Vision 2021 strategy.

“The project will tackle crimes in the city as using AI and [the] latest technologies will help realise zero crimes in the future,” he said.

In the future, Al Shehi said that the AI used in the camera system will allow them to analyse live feeds with no human intervention.

“We are looking for a programme that is sustainable,” he added. “We want to have an open platform to keep pace with developments in technology and the city.”

Al Shehi was one of a number of experts at the event who spoke about advances in AI to help fight crime.

Dr. Patrick Voss de Haan, a cybercrime researcher at the Federal Criminal Police Office in Germany, for example, said that “AI is now better, faster, cheaper, easier and available [on the] mass market and running standard software.”

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