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UAE police cars will scan your face

High-tech software being tested on patrol cars
Team shortlist01 Nov 2015 AT 11:11 AM
UAE police cars will scan your face
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Dubai and Abu Dhabi Police are making the most of futuristic technology to help make the UAE one of the safest places in the world. Recently we saw speed camera software that will be installed in some police cars, but it appears that this isn’t the only technology set for patrol vehicles.

A new device, which is currently at testing stage in the UAE, will allow patrol cars to scan faces in the street to help identify a wanted criminal. The software was unveiled at Gitex Technology Week, along with the moving speed camera.

The face recognition software is able to scan number plates and faces, checking against a database of people who are wanted by the police, and alerting the patrol officer. According to testing experts, the system is just as adept at reading faces as a fingerprint scanner, as it’s able to read measurements and accurately check identity within seconds.

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“We are exhibiting this year futuristic technology that is currently developing as proof of concept,” Lt. Colonel Faisal Mohammed Al Shimmari, Executive Director of the MoI’s Smart Government Programme told Emirates 24|7. “The idea is to ensure the safety of the public. These measures will go a long way to enable us to develop the UAE as the safest country in the world.”

The testing of this technology comes as part of UAE plans to create the safest place in the world. In an effort to make the roads safer, mobile radars have been fitted to some police cars, making it easier to catch motorists who are breaking the speed limit.

In addition to making motorists safer, there has been a big drive towards increasing happiness in the Emirates. In Dubai, many people received a text message asking if they were happy, and at first count a whopping 84 percent said yes. Police revealed that they plan to contact a sample of those who are unhappy, in order to offer assistance if their problem is under their jurisdiction.