First real-life robot cop set to enter Dubai public service

Source: Xinhua| 2017-05-21 17:55:05|Editor: Tian Shaohui
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DUBAI, May 21 (Xinhua) -- Dubai police source said Sunday that the first real-life robot cop (RoboCop) in the sheikhdom will enter public service.

Dubai Police Brig. Khalid Al-Razooqi, Director General of Smart Services at Dubai Police, United Arab Emirates (UAE), said Sunday at the annual Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC) the first real-life robot cop (RoboCop) in the sheikhdom will enter public service.

Addressing the GISEC conference, Al-Razooqi says Dubai police aims to become the smartest police forces in the world and 25 percent of all Dubai Police units will have at least one Robocop in their team.

"Our first RoboCop can understand and speak (in phrases) Arabic and English, and will support Dubai Police through patrolling and monitoring shopping malls, public streets, traffic crossings and sightseeing spots across the city," he said.

However, the robot will not be an armed cyborg in order to enforce the law. "Even most of policemen and policewomen are not armed. Dubai is a safe city, and we do not believe in carrying arms in public," Al-Razooqi added.

The 1.90 meter tall RoboCop, wearing the typical dark green cap with the golden insignia of Dubai Police, will also control prisons and borders. Equipped with a high-sensitive camera, "RoboCop can recognize people through face recognition software and transmit and receive messages to and from Dubai Police's unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones."

Al-Razooqi said the robot is produced in Spain, "but we do not say which firm produced. The software is a Dubai Police in-house-production. "RoboCop was the result of "intensive research in the field of artificial intelligence," he said.

The 2017 edition of the GISEC brings together over 6,000 security professionals to discover cutting-edge solutions and runs until May 23 in the Dubai World Trade Center.