Along with inclusion of AI as day-to-day support for people in the smart ecosystem, Dubai has also been using tech for public security. Recently police in the UAE started testing drones to tackle robbers, and earlier authorities were also able to crack a murder case by reading a suspect’s brainwaves.
Dubai had raised eyebrows last year, by deploying smart facial recognition to keep an eye on criminal elements and suspicious movements at metro stations. Although the tech raised privacy concerns, AI-backed crime fighting has scored a victory by identifying a notorious French narcotrafficker in the streets of Dubai.
The kingpin Moufide Bouchibi had been giving French police and interpol the slip for years, by changing his ID in every part of the world he fled to. The task of finding him became even more challenging since authorities don’t have a picture of him taken in the past 20 years.
Bouchibi was nicknamed ‘The Ghost’ for his ability to stay off the radar, but machine learning processed available images and videos of the narco kingpin to point him out to Dubai’s police. In a series of events right out of a true-crime series, authorities followed up on data from AI and finally nabbed Bouchibi.
The successful collaboration between man and machine is in line with UAE’s approach to fight crime with tech on every level. Apart from cracking down on notorious criminals, smart surveillance is also helping the Emirati authorities tackle violation of traffic rules to avoid accidents and save lives.
Inmates are also being offered a chance to integrate in the society, by letting them walk out of prison with tracking devices to monitor their movements.
Raising the bar for national security, the UAE has also placed eyes in space, in form of a satellite to guard the country’s borders and assist the military with sophisticated security ops.
The role of social recognition has also increased in public life, since Dubai airport has started using Iris scans instead of passports to enable contactless access for travelers.