Dubai’s robot customs inspector just won the Best Idea award

Dubai Customs’ andriod robot inspector has just won the UAE another award. The robot, that is capable of detecting body language, thermal heat as well as carrying out facial recognition and tracking luggage, has scooped the award for Best Idea 2016 at the Best World Ideas Award in Germany.

The robot is the first of its kind in the world and was created in an attempt to increase the amount of artificial intelligence in the workplace by using the smart android robots to replace humans in routine tasks.

Senior manager of Dubai Customs, Hussain Al Fardan reveals that the idea of the robot came after a brainstorming session organised by the Innovation Center. The result of which later saw members work collectively to create a robot equipped with advanced tracking and inspection technology.

Speaking on the nation’s award-winning robot, DP World Group Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, Sultan bin Sulayem said that: “It’s no stranger to Dubai Customs to innovate and come up with new winning ideas within its efforts and journey to facilitate trade and movement of cargo and passengers.”

While one would think that the robot which is already being updated to include “local features” would have been inspired by a robot, Sulayem revealed that it was in fact inspired by city’s ruler.

“We are always inspired by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, which aims [to make] people happier and help Dubai stand out from others,” he said.

According to the Director of Dubai Customs, Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, the android robot inspector is just one of the innovations that Dubai Customs have introduced to help ease the flow of traffic and boost the city’s trade.

“We have many innovations like the risk engine, the smart container inspection system, Al Kashif Vehicle, and the android robot inspector, among many others”, he said.

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