Dubai is deploying a full drone force for urban policing. The equipment will help police officers in a wide range of tasks. The Dubai police are using a special network of drones to help them do their job, which will make it easier for the authorities to do their job across the city, according to Dubai’s ruler, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The Sheikh said that while local police officers can now respond quickly, the additional drones will reduce their response time even further, from 4.4 minutes to 1 minute. That’s how long it will take for Emirati police to get more information about an accident, for example, New Scientist reported.
At 1.8 metres wide, at least twice the size of conventional drones, the devices will fly in a network, returning to pre-designated bases at the end of their missions. The batteries, which open and close automatically, will also recharge the drones – human assistance will (probably) not be needed. According to Dubai police, the drones will also be equipped for patrol duties. They will fly according to a programmed schedule at predetermined locations, and suspicious incidents will be reported immediately to a flesh-and-blood operator.
The first live test of the Israeli-made Airobotics drones is scheduled to take place in conjunction with Expo 2020, which starts in October this year and was postponed from last year.