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DUBAI – He doesn’t need a visa, medical insurance or hours of training, and is ready to engage with Dubai’s residents and millions of tourists across the city’s streets.


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The new member of Dubai Police, the world’s first operational robot policeman, officially joined the line of duty on Monday, greeting guests at the opening of the 4th Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, head of security for the Emirate of Dubai, opened the show and the co-located Internet of Things Expo (IoTx), which run until Tuesday 23 May at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the Emirates247 reported.

The autonomous Robocop, standing 170 centimetres tall and weighing 100 kilograms, is equipped with an emotion detector which can recognise gestures and hand signals from up to 1.5 metres away.

The Robocop can also detect a person’s emotions and facial expressions – whether the individual is happy, sad, or smiling – and has the ability to change his expression and greetings accordingly to put people at ease.

When patrolling the streets, the Robocop which harnesses Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and the latest smart technologies, can use its facial recognition software to help police officers identify and catch offenders, as well as broadcast live video feeds.

“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,” said Brigadier-General Khalid Nasser Al Razzouqi, Director-General of Smart Services at Dubai Police.

The Robocop will patrol the halls of GISEC until Tuesday evening before in high-density areas of the city. Its wide-ranging skills include the capability to map the insides of a building and navigate its path automatically via its self-control and drive feature.

RoboCop can also transmit and communicate in six languages, including Arabic, English and more. Additionally, the robot can chat and interact, respond to public queries, shake hands and offer a military salute.

Adding value to the existing police force, the robot’s integrated system allows it to be linked to various social media channels, such as Twitter, as well as artificial intelligence systems, mobile applications and websites, among others.