Dubai has always been on the list of top cities where residents feel safe. To further promote the city as one of the safest places across the globe, the government has introduced a facial recognition system on its metro stations to catch and identify wanted criminals.
According to a local official, the emirate is now all set to introduce the one-of-a-kind system as the country hosts the Expo 2020 Dubai in 2021.
"Using artificial intelligence (AI) such as facial recognition has proven its effectiveness to identify suspicious and wanted people. We aspire to raise our performance by building on our current capabilities, to ensure a high level of security in public transport," Brig. Obaid Al Hathboor, Director of Transport Security Department in Dubai, told Gulf News.
The new technology will be fixed in the coming months across all Dubai Metro stations.
At the onslaught of the pandemic, the Dubai Police has introduced the Rokid T1, a smart helmet that can scan people's temperature. According to Al Hathboor, it will have more advanced technology in the future to detect wanted people.
"Usually, it takes at least five hours to identify a suspect, but with facial recognition technology, it takes less than a minute," he explained.
He further added that a special SWAT team will be deployed at major metro stations as well as K9 units to ensure commuters will be safe during traveling.