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Dubai Police Will Use Citywide Network of Drones to Respond to Crime

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An Airobotics drone and its base station.

The quadcopters, supplied by Israeli company Airobotics, will operate from base stations during the Expo 2020 event starting in October.

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Dubai is creating a network of pre-positioned drone bases so police can respond to incidents with drones anywhere in the city within a minute, down from 4.4 minutes currently.

Israel's Airobotics will supply the quadcopters, which will operate from the base stations beginning in October, during Expo 2020 Dubai.

The drones, which enter and exit their bases through a sliding roof, can fly pre-programmed patrols or be dispatched to a specific location.

Operators at police headquarters can use the drones to inspect a scene, follow suspicious individuals or vehicles, and transmit data to other police units.

Singapore used two of the quadcopters last year to monitor compliance with COVID-19 lockdowns, but the Dubai initiative is the first to use drones for citywide policing.

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