Dubai Police proposes tech-based “Police without Policemen” project
Dubai Police recently proposed a pathbreaking project called “Police Without Policemen” as part of the Dubai 10X initiative.
The project will consist of 3 activations which aims to implement the vision of Dubai as a city of the future:
The first activation include setting up fixed cameras on fences and homes; to enforce the security and safety of the community through a combination of crowd sourcing and deployment of advanced technologies.
The second activation entails the launch of a surveillance blimp; an airborne early warning control system that oversees open spaces and projects under construction.
The third and final activation, labelled as the “Station in Patrol”, which aims to provide rapid response to emergencies and replace the need to build traditional police stations.
“With these projects we are bringing to reality the concept of no policemen policing and ensuring that we achieve the highest levels of security and safety for our people without the need for policemen being present on-ground 24/7,” said Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, HE General Abdullah Al Merri.
He also pointed out that sometimes in traditional policing measures, valuable time is lost in identifying and arresting criminals. However, with the disruptive innovation, the deployment of latest technologies can help to scale up operational efficiency.
“These projects will serve as effective tools that help us achieve our goal of serving our people. In this, we will leverage international best practices that will benefit the community and the police force,” he added.
Under the Dubai 10X initiative, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai Foundation for the Future, has approved 26 projects presented by 24 government departments.
The shortlisted projects were evaluated by a panel of international experts from more than 160 ideas submitted by 36 entities in less than 365 days.
Other than the Police without Policemen project, the Dubai Police also launched other innovative and futuristic proposals at the 6th World Government Summit recently held in Dubai. The projects aim to enhance the ability of police to respond swiftly to future challenges.
“The public are our first and foremost strategic partner. We are also working with Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority and property developers, in general, as well as private sector entities that will supply, install and operate the projects to be completed in two years through rigorous testing and conforming to all requisite protocols and standards,” said HE Al Merri.
The Dubai Police has been actively launching technology-enabled initiatives. As reported earlier in January, the Dubai Police has launched an artificial intelligence (AI) -based surveillance programme called Oyoon (Eyes). The aim of the project is to create an integrated security system that utilises artificial intelligence features to prevent crime, reduce traffic accident related deaths and prevent any negative incidents in residential, commercial and vital areas.
In late last year, the Dubai Police released its 2018-31 strategic plan for AI. The AI strategic plan covers community service centres and its clients; criminal investigation; road security; disaster management and forensics. The plan seeks to develop AI-assisted customer service centres, smart police stations in different regions, as well as "walk in" and "drive through" centres having robots.