Police drones help keep Expo 2020 Dubai secured from traffic and criminal reports

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 Expo 2020 Dubai secured thanks to police drones

For the past six months, four drones stationed at the Expo 2020 Dubai site have been assisting in keeping the perimeters of the world’s fair secure at all hours of the day and night.

The Drone Box is a platform for aerial vehicles in the emirate that has reduced police reaction time to criminal and traffic incidents from 4.4 to one minute which is operated by the Dubai Police.

When the force displayed the technology at the Gitex trade show in 2017, some people were skeptical, according to Dubai Police Chief Lt Gen Abdullah Al Marri.

“No one, I guess, believed at that time that we’d have them [in operation], but now we have them here at Expo as part of the security,” he said on Tuesday on the sidelines of the World Police Summit.

“Technology is a big driver in helping police to combat crime, and events like this summit are about global authorities showing and sharing [best practice].” He added, emphasizing that the Dubai Police has always been open to learning.

The drones at the Expo can identify 92 different types of incidents, such as fires, traffic jams, and intrusions.

At Expo, two Drone Box units, each with two drones, are being employed, according to Capt Mohamad Al Muhairi, head of Dubai Police’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Centre.

“We have mainly been carrying out patrolling missions over the Expo site, whereby the drones survey the area after hours to ensure no one enters the site unauthorized,” he said.

The presence of drones on patrol during a huge event like the Expo reduces the time it takes for police to respond, as well as cuts the patrol duration by two-thirds, according to Capt Al Muhairi.

At Expo, police drones reacted to hundreds of small incidents, completed over two thousand patrolling missions, and logged over 1,000 operational hours. KMB/Expat Media


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