AI enabled CCTV cameras to make Dubai world’s safest city

Radars operating on Dubai roads will also be linked to the system.

The Dubai Police will soon have eyes all over the emirate thanks to a new security project that was launched on Saturday. The project will link CCTV cameras in operation across the emirate to the police control room and is projected to make Dubai the safest city on earth.

Radars operating on Dubai roads will also be linked to the system so that even traffic violations can be monitored from the control room. The ‘Oyoon’ project will see participation from government and semi-government departments and the private sector.

Major-General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, assistant commander-in-chief of the Dubai Police for Criminal Investigation, said the project will make use of artificial intelligence and sophisticated technology to prevent and reduce crime. “The footages from the cameras will help the police respond to an emergency even before it is reported,” said Maj-Gen Al Mansouri.

Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf, deputy director of criminal investigation (administration), said the cameras will rely on artificial intelligence to detect faces and alert the police about crimes in progress. “This will help the police respond to emergencies quickly.

The system will also help reduce traffic violations, as it will give the traffic police eyes over all the roads in the emirate. Maj-Gen Al Mansouri added: “The tens of thousands of cameras in Dubai will be unified and linked to the police operation room to enable security personnel to prevent crimes. The live feed will help the police investigate crime and monitor traffic violations, thus enhancing the security of all residents and visitors.”

The project will help the police take decisions “quickly and efficiently”. “The police wouldn’t need to be physically present at sites for monitoring and analysis.”

An Oyoon committee has been formed that will be presided over by the Dubai Police chief, Major-General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri. It will have representatives from the Dubai Municipality, Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA), Roads and Transport Authority, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and Dubai Smart Government office. It will also have representatives from the private sector.

Brig Al Jallaf said the project will be implemented in coordination with “international companies as per best international standards”.

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SOURCE: MIT Sloan Management Review

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