Cyborgs on patrol

In Events, GISEC, News

Dubai Police has welcomed a new member on to its force. He doesn’t need a visa, medical insurance or hours of training, and he is ready to engage with Dubai’s residents and millions of tourists across the city’s streets.

The world’s first operational robot policeman, officially joined the line of duty today, greeting guests at the opening of the 4th Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC), including Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Head of Security for the Emirate of Dubai.

The autonomous Robocop, standing 170 centimetres tall and weighing 100 kilograms, is equipped with an emotion detector which can recognise gestures and hand signals from up to 1.5 metres away. The Robocop can also detect a person’s emotions and facial expressions – whether the individual is happy, sad, or smiling – and has the ability to change his expression and greetings accordingly to put people at ease.

“With an aim to assist and help people in the malls or on the streets, the Robocop is the latest smart addition to the force and has been designed to help us fight crime, keep the city safe and improve happiness levels,” said Brigadier-General Khalid Nasser Al Razzouqi, Director-General of Smart Services at Dubai Police. “The launch of the world’s first operational Robocop is a significant milestone for the emirate and a step towards realising Dubai’s vision to be a global leader in smart cities technology adoption.”

The Robocop will patrol the halls of GISEC until Tuesday evening before in high-density areas of the city. The RoboCop’s wide-ranging skills include the capability to map the insides of a building and navigate its path automatically via its self-control and drive feature.

With a built-in tablet device, people can complete smart police services through RoboCop using credit cards for payments, resulting in an enhanced customer service experience. RoboCop can also transmit and communicate in six languages, including Arabic, English and more. Additionally, the robot can chat and interact, respond to public queries, shake hands and offer a military salute.

Adding value to the existing police force, the robot’s integrated system allows it to be linked to various social media channels, such as Twitter, as well as artificial intelligence systems, mobile applications and websites, among others.

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