Dubai Police’s world’s first autonomous Robocop goes online

Dubai streets to have autonomous Robocops keeping us safe

On the 30th anniversary of RoboCop, Dubai Police celebrates with the world’s first autonomous law enforcing robot. The anniversary may be a mere coincidence, but be prepared for a near future of robotic policing. The world’s first operational robot policeman has officially joined the line of duty. It inaugurated its new role by greeting guests at the opening of the 4th Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC).

Dubai’s very own Robocop stands at 170cm tall and weighs in at 100kg and is equipped with an emotion detector that can recognise gestures and hand signals from up to 1.5 metres away. It can also detect a person’s emotions and facial expressions – whether the individual is happy, sad, or smiling. It has the ability to change expression and greetings accordingly to put people at ease.

Harnessing IoT and AI technology, the Robocop is able to use facial recognition software to help its fellow officers identify and catch offenders, as well as broadcast live video feeds. It also has the ability to map the insides of a building and navigate its path automatically via its self-control and drive feature. With a built-in tablet device, residents and tourists alike can complete smart police services. The Robocop is fluent in 6 languages including Arabic and English. Dubai Police was working with IBM’s Watson to help integrate voice command recognition.

“With an aim to assist and help people in the malls or on the streets, the Robocop is the latest smart addition to the force and has been designed to help us fight crime, keep the city safe and improve happiness levels,” said Brigadier-General Khalid Nasser Al Razzouqi, Director-General of Smart Services at Dubai Police. “The launch of the world’s first operational Robocop is a significant milestone for the emirate and a step towards realising Dubai’s vision to be a global leader in smart cities technology adoption.”

The prototype was first unveiled at last year’s GITEX. At the time the Robocop was more of a kiosk that illustrated what the future potentially held for an autonomous police officer for Dubai. How do you feel about Robocops filling the streets of Dubai?