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Robocop officially joins the Dubai Police force

The news marks another world first
Team shortlist22 May 2017 AT 01:32 PM
Robocop officially joins the Dubai Police force

The newest member of the Dubai Police is… a robot.

You read that right, a robot. The Dubai Police officially introduced “Robocop” to their police force yesterday. The news makes Dubai the first city in the world to have a "Robocop" on its Police force.

The robot stands at a height of 170cm and weighs 100kg. It has the ability to detect emotions and hand gestures from a distance of 1.5 meters as well as map the insides of a building and navigate its path automatically via its self-control and drive feature.

Keep a look out for him (we’re guessing it’s a him because it looks like a him) because he’ll be moved from the halls of the Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC) and be made to patrol high-density communities across the city from Tuesday, May 23.

Speaking on the robot, Director-General of Dubai Police’s Smart Services Brigadier-General Khalid Nasser Al Razzouqi said: “The launch of the world’s first operational Robocop is a significant milestone for the emirate and a step towards realising Dubai’s vision to be a global leader in smart cities technology adoption.”

He added: “With an aim to assist and help people in the malls or on the streets, the Robocop is the latest smart addition to the force and has been designed to help us fight crime, keep the city safe and improve happiness levels.”

Dubai Police’s Technical Innovations Department Head Major Adnan Ali first spoke about using robotics back in June 2016, he told Emirates 24/7 that soon robots will be able to “spot people from 10 metres or 20 metres away, approach them and greet them.”

He added: “We’re expecting for it to be in tourist areas at first in 2017, near Burj Khalifa, GPR, City Walk and by 2020 we want to have a more thorough area covered.”

Robocop forms part of a wider plan to utilise the cutting edge technology available in Dubai. The city is also pressing forward with 3D printing (The Office of the Future is already open), which will boost the construction industry, and is one of a handful of cities across the globe exploring Hyperloop transport.

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