Dubai Customs robot wins World Ideas Award

Robot with 'localised' appearance will serve in customs inspection role

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Dubai Customs robot wins World Ideas Award Dubai Custom's robot inspector has won a World Ideas Award.
By  Mark Sutton Published  April 11, 2017

Dubai Customs has won a World Ideas Award for its robot customs inspector.

The Custom's android is being developed for use in an inspection role, and will be equipped with advanced tracking and inspection technology. The robot is also being customized to have an appropriate UAE local look and features.

The World Ideas Awards for 2016 were presented in March in Frankfurt, Germany. Dubai Customs was selected by an international jury.

The android is intended to bring more artificial intelligence into the workplace, to replace humans in routine tasks. Dubai Customs android robot inspector is the first of its type in the world.

Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation said: "It's no stranger to Dubai Customs to innovate and come up with new winning ideas within its efforts and journey to facilitate trade and movement of cargo and passengers. We are always inspired by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai which aims at making people happier and helping Dubai always stand out from others in support of the UAE's national development plan and vision."

Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director of Dubai Customs added: "We have gone long way in the innovation journey to facilitate trade and reduce time and effort to enable passengers and traders to enter their cargo easily and in a short time. We have many innovations to boast including the risk engine, the smart container inspection system, Al Kashif Vehicle, and the android robot inspector, among many others."

On his part, Ahmed Abdul Salam Kazim, Director of Strategy and Corporate Excellence at Dubai Customs said: "The Department encourages new ideas and adopts the best work practices to help Dubai maintain such a high status. This award urges us to keep the good work in order to always be an example to follow as a world leading customs administration."

Hussain Al Fardan, Senior Manager of Dubai Customs' Innovation Center explained that the winning idea was the fruit of a brainstorming session organised by the Innovation Center, which focused on ideas to utilize robots in the workplace.

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