UAE mounts facial recognition cam in police car lights
03 November 2015 16:25 GMT

The UAE’s Ministry of Interior has showcased a facial recognition solution that involves a high-resoilution camera embedded into a police car’s siren lights.

Displayed at the Gitex Technology Week 2015, the solution is capable of automatically recognising the number plate of a moving vehicle or the face of a bystander or a pedestrian, and scan through the entire database of those wanted and immediately alert the police officer.

Speaking to Emirates 24|7, Lt. Colonel Faisal Mohammed Al Shimmari, Executive Director of the MoI’s Smart Government Programme, said the idea is to make the UAE the safest country in the world. The current technology, he said, is proof of concept and is currently being tested to improve its features.

“We are exhibiting this year futuristic technology that is currently developing as proof of concept. The idea is to ensure the safety of the public. These measures will go a long way to enable us to develop the UAE as the safest country in the world,” he said.

The camera mounted on top a patrol car works similar to the license plate readers (LPRs).

“These futuristic technologies are aimed at enhancing and enabling the law enforcement on the field, to identify any suspect or wanted people to extend the long arm of the law. It is already being tested and could be implemented soon,” said Al Shimmari.