AI and robotics in focus at Intersec

Intersec 2018 1The packed exhibition floor at Intersec. (Image source: Messe Frankfurt)The latest trends in artificial intelligence and robotics in policing societies were among the many talking points at Intersec, which took place from 21-23 January in Dubai

The world’s leading trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection featured 1,337 exhibitors from 59 countries, and attracted 29,532 visitors from 129 countries.

This year from its exhibition stand, the Dubai Police, one of Intersec’s long-standing government partners, had a strong focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter technologies to keep residents, visitors, and communities safe. It also showcased Robocop prototypes and new smart services that are already in place in its fully automated smart police station, which recently opened in September 2017.

Brig. Khalid Nasser Al Razooqi, Dubai Police’s director general of Artificial Intelligence, gave an overview of the Government body’s vision toward using AI and robots in policing and protection. 

“The Dubai Police has a target to be the smartest police force in the world, and we’ve been working on a new strategy based on AI that will ultimately increase the happiness of our residents and build Dubai to be the safest city in the world,” said Al Razooqi.

“We plan to use AI to help us not only reduce crimes, but increase our ability to predict potential crimes before they happen, along with reducing traffic accidents. We’ve introduced a crime prediction system as well as accident prediction system that can study the behaviours of drivers.

“With UAE car manufacturers, we’ll install sensors to study the behaviour of drivers and see how we can teach them the best way to drive. Vehicles will instruct police where they should cover based on data we have, and perhaps where there is crime.”

Al Razooqi said Dubai Police plans to open another eight Smart Police Stations in 2018, and while AI and robots will in the future take over more routine daily jobs, that won’t mean less ‘human’ manpower: “There have been rumours that due to AI and robotics at Dubai Police, that there will be less police officers but this is not true,” he added.  “We’re going to create more advanced positions, where they can provide a better service to keep our residents and visitors happy and safe.”

 

 

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