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Dubai Police to use Google Glass

Device can be used to fine motorists and track wanted vehicles, says senior official

  • By Noorhan Barakat, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 22:00 May 20, 2014
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News
  • Lt Col Khalid Nasser Al Razooqi, E-Services Department, Dubai Police Head Quarters.

Dubai: Dubai Police will soon use Google Glass to issue fines to errant motorists as well as identify wanted cars, said a senior police official.

The smart eyewear is currently under trial by Dubai Police Smart Services Department, for use by traffic police.

Google Glass is a small computer mounted onto glasses. It can take photos, record video, access the internet and give directions among other uses. It is compatible with both Android and iOS.

According to Google, It has a high-resolution display that is the equivalent of a 63.5cm high-definition screen from 2.4 metres away. The glasses feature a 5 megapixel camera.

Colonel Khalid Nasser Al Razooqi, General Director of Smart Services at Dubai Police, gave Gulf News a demonstration of how Google Glass would be used by the force.

Dubai Police’s Smart Services teams have created two applications to be used by their officers. “One will allow them to take photos of traffic violations from the Glass, which will go instantly into our system, and the other application helps identify wanted cars.”

Taking photos using Dubai Police’s Google Glass’ program is simple. The officer just needs to tap the side of the glass and the photo, in addition to the exact location, time and date is automatically sent to the system.

As for determining whether a car is wanted or not, Col Al Razooqi said that all the officer needs to do is look at number plates and the Glass will cross-reference the plates with the traffic department’s wanted vehicles database and alert him if any vehicle is wanted.

Both programs were developed by an in-house team from the Dubai Police smart services.

“We at Dubai Police always try to adopt what is new in the market and we like to stay up-to-date,” Col Al Razooqi said.

‘Useful device’

As Google Glass is one of the newest technologies, he said, they got it and tried to develop something on it and test it, so when it becomes available they can adopt it. “If it passes our testing criteria as well as we see that it is a useful device, then we might decide to launch it and buy more of it [Google Glass].”

He said that Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and General Security in Dubai, and Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Dubai Police Chief, always encourage them to find and provide the latest technologies in the world, as well as find ways to make the public interact with Dubai Police.

He said their work aims to make Dubai Police stations smart, as well as have smart police officers

The Glass Explorer Programme, which allowed some people to be among the first to experience and test this new technology, was launched a year ago.

Google announced on April 10 on its Google Glass official Google+ account that on April 15, they were opening new spots in the Glass Explorer Program. “Any adult in the US can become an Explorer by visiting our site and purchasing Glass for $1,500 [Dh5,509] + tax.”

Google Glass is not available for sale anywhere outside the US. According to the same announcement, Google said “we’re just not ready yet to bring Glass to other countries.”

Comments (1)

  1. Added 15:02 May 21, 2014

    It's perfect idea wish Dubai Police all the best in correcting the traffic inside the city

    Abdou, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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