Dubai police has unveiled their first robotic police staff, tasked with patrolling at shopping malls and tourist attractions in the city.
Data collected by the robotic police will also be shared with the authorities and traffic police.
It is estimated that a quarter of the police team will be robots by 2030. This project is the part of the United Arab Emirates’s robots production plan.
Khalid Al Razooqi, director general of smart services at Dubai Police, said: “We are not going to fire our police officers by replacing them with this tool but with the number of people in Dubai increasing, we want to relocate police officers so they work in the right areas and can concentrate on providing a safe city,”
“This is the official launch of our first Robocop,” said Brig Khalid Al Razooqi, Dubai Police director general of smart services.
“Now most people visit police stations or customer service, but with this tool we can reach the public 24/7 and it won’t ask for any sick leave or maternity leave.”
The robotic police model was first introduced at the GITEX in October 2015. The multi-lingual robot’s interactive screen can scan faces and allow people to report crimes as well as pay fines.
“With the goal of helping people in the supermarket or on the road, robotic police are the smartest and latest addition to helping fight crime, keeping the urban order safe and making people happier” Said Brig Khalid Al Razooqi .
With a height of 1.7 meters and a weight of 100 kg, this robot is able to interpret facial expressions. It can also send and receive messages from the police department. The robot front panel can be used to pay fines and report crimes.
Currently, robotic police can only communicate in Arabic and English, but plans to integrate more Russian, Chinese, French and Spanish.