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Security robot that can spot suspicious individuals now being used at Dubai airport

port security in most countries is already tight enough as it is, with multiple points of inspection often present beginning from the arrival area going inward. But there are some who think that security efforts can be increased even further. In Dubai, a new experimental robot is being tested, and its sole purpose is to find and catch suspicious or wanted individuals.

Indeed, a robot that is said to have the ability to detect and also report any and all suspicious people will be deployed at Dubai airports very soon. While unprecedented, this initiative is already in its initial stages, with the implementation of the new robot currently undergoing a pilot phase. It is said that the robot will be placed mainly at the arrival section of the airport, and when you think about it, that’s about the best place that it could be positioned in.

According to Khalid Al Zarooni, an innovation specialist at the Dubai Custom’s Innovation Center, this suspicious-people-targeting robot could be their best creation yet. “This is an android. It still hasn’t been implemented fully, but it has gone through a piloting phase around the airports,” he explained. “It’s probably going to be our best innovation, when it gets implemented in full.”

Referring to the robot’s special abilities, Al Zarooni said that it makes full use of several built-in sensors and scanners to “read” people going through the airport. In particular, he refers to the “brain” as the source of most of its abilities. “The brain in the android has so many features and tools connected into it, such as facial recognition, X-ray scanning and thermal vision,” he said. “What it does is that it gathers data from these features and compiles it into a threat assessment and then it gives alerts to the control room.”


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