Dubai Police Using Artificial Intelligence to Monitor Movement

Dubai Police Using Artificial Intelligence to Monitor Movement

The message is clear - don't step out of the house unless essential

Dubai Police is using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to monitor the movement of people across the emirate during the 24-hour sterilisation programme taking place currently. Residents are allowed to leave their homes only for buying essential food supplies from supermarkets and grocery stores or to buy medicines or get medical help from clinics, hospitals and pharmacies. Only one member of a family can go out at one time to buy food.

Director of the Traffic Department at Dubai Police, Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazroui said that along with speed radars, AI is being utilised to check whether vehicles have movement permits or are owned by people working in sectors allowed to operate. This is helping Dubai Police decide whether to issue violation fines or not. Brigadier Al Mazroui also said, “If you see a flash from a radar then don’t expect an immediate fine. AI is being used and the Dubai Police system can process each radar fine and check if the plate number belongs to someone who works in a vital sector or not.”

The vital sectors include healthcare, restaurants and food supply outlets, delivery services, maintenance services, manufacturers and providers of medicines and medical supplies, industrial supply chain for services and basic commodities, media, aviation, shipping, telecommunications, water and electricity, security, social welfare, municipality services, petrol and gas stations, laundry, banking and financial services, public transport,  and vital industries.

Those working on major construction projects are exempt from the permits. Speaking to a local radio channel on Monday, Director Protective Security and Emergency Department, Major General Abdullah Ali Al Gaithi said, “People working in construction projects like bridges, roads and other major infrastructure projects don’t need a permit.”

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