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Dubai Police turn to AI and biometrics for crime prevention

The Dubai Police are deploying artificial intelligence and facial recognition software to help predict and prevent crimes in areas of the city known to police, according to a Gulf News report.

The Director of the Dubai Police Operations Department, Brigadier Kamil Butti Al Suwaidi, explained that the police command room will use a smart security system using sophisticated biometric software to compare images from CCTV cameras installed in public places to a database of face photos of known or wanted criminals to automatically trigger alerts to police officers on the beat ensuring a quicker, immediate response to prevent any potential crimes being carried out in the emirate.

“The system will provide data and information about the areas expecting crimes to happen,” said Al Suwaidi. “The system stores the data about the crimes and in which areas and based on the data, the system will analyze it and will provide the police information about the location of the future crime.”

He added that police will use facial recognition software technology to make identification of suspects easier for officers working in connection to surveillance and investigations operations. “This technology will provide the information to the duty officer about any suspect depending on the big data in the operation room and the criminal system.”

“We want to have a new modern command room as part of Dubai Police strategy to secure the city. We want to have a smart security system,” Al Suwaidi said.

The present command room was launched in 2006 and has 40 screens linked together to cover the city.

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