Team shortlist27 Sep 2017 AT 09:07 AM

Dubai Police to use drones to capture traffic violators

The initiative was launched yesterday
Team shortlist27 Sep 2017 AT 09:07 AM
Dubai Police to use drones to capture traffic violators
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The next time you find yourself stuck in traffic, be sure to look out for Dubai Police’s new drones.

Launched just yesterday, the new initiative will see the city’s law enforcement use a series of drones to capture live broadcast recordings of traffic as well as major events happening within the emirate.

The drones run using 4G technology and are controlled by highly skilled officers in the command room, where all the footage is sent.

Speaking on the initiative, the Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police Major-General Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri said: “The new technology will help to record events, emergencies, disasters and accidents in Dubai and live broadcast to the command room so the officer can take proper decisions on time. It will also archive the recordings to use them for training purposes.”

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With regards to data capturing, speed and battery life, the director of the drone project, Lieutenant Mohammed Omar Al Muhairi, said: “The drone was modified with long-life battery to stay in the sky as long as possible. It is fast and can transfer [live feed] from more different angles as compared with live broadcast from helicopters.”

He added: “We built the drone using Dubai Police resources and technology and it’s cheaper and working perfectly.”

It seems like the city’s police force isn’t the only entity utlising drone technology. Earlier this week, Costa  made their first delivery using the nifty, time saving device. It sent the brand’s latest Frostino and Cold Brew range to customers on Kite Beach from its branch on Jumeirah Beach Road.


Shemaine Jones, head of marketing at Costa Coffee UAE, commented: “Dubai is known for leading the way with innovative technology and drones are the next frontier for instant delivery. Our customers told us they’d love to have their favourite drinks dropped off by drones, so we’re super excited to have successfully tested this service, enabling beach-goers to enjoy ice cold beverages without leaving the comfort of their sun-loungers.”

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