Dubai Police plan blimp fleet as part of 10X projects

Police will deploy enhanced surveillance network including observation balloons under 10X plans

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Dubai Police plan blimp fleet as part of 10X projects HE General Abdullah Al Merri said that the projects aim to remove the need for widespread police patrols while maintaining security, through innovative surveillance solutions.
By  Mark Sutton Published  March 12, 2018

Dubai Police has announced plans for increased surveillance, including more cameras and a fleet of monitoring balloons, as part of its 10X projects.

The police force intends to implement a ‘Police Without Policemen' initiative as part of the Dubai 10X initiative, which are intended to enhance the sense of security among Dubai communities and reduce levels of crime.

The Police Without Policemen projects has three elements, according to a statement, which includes utilisation of surveillance cameras and existing security infrastructure; to enforce the security and safety of the community through a combination of crowd sourcing and deployment of advanced technologies; the launch of surveillance blimps for citywide monitoring, and a ‘Station in a Patrol' project, which will equip and authorise officers to act as independent organisational units, to "provide rapid response to emergencies and replace the need to build traditional police stations".

The projects are also intended to enhance the ability of the police to respond swiftly to future challenges, and are aligned with the smart police stations announced by the Commander-in-Chief.

Announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and the Ruler of Dubai, the Dubai 10X initiative is under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai Foundation for the Future, and His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.

HE General Abdullah Al Merri, Dubai Police Commander-in-Chief said: "With these projects we are bringing to reality the concept of no policemen policing and ensuring that we achieve the highest levels of security and safety for our people without the need for policemen being present on-ground24/7. Through these projects, we aim to strengthen our partnership with the members of the community to strengthen safety and security standards, and respond promptly to any challenges, and ensure the happiness of our citizens and residents.

"Sometimes in traditional policing measures, valuable time is lost in identifying and arresting criminals. However, with the disruptive innovation that we propose through our new projects that deploy the latest technologies, we aim to scale-up operational efficiency. These projects will serve as effective tools that help us achieve our goal of serving our people. In this, we will leverage international best practices that will benefit the community and the police force.

"The public are our first and foremost strategic partner. We are also working with Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority and property developers, in general, as well as private sector entities that will supply, install and operate the projects to be completed in two years through rigorous testing and conforming to all requisite protocols and standards," added HE Al Merri.

HE Khalfan Belhoul, CEO of Dubai Future Foundation, which oversees 10X, commented: "The UAE - and Dubai - is home to several nationalities who live and work in harmony, following the rules and respecting the rights of others. The police force plays a central role in ensuring the safety and security of the people and our national assets. The projects announced by Dubai Police as part of the Dubai 10X initiative leverages disruptive innovation to strengthen safety standards that will benefit the entire city."

HH Sheikh Hamdan has approved 26 projects presented by 24 government departments, for the Dubai 10X initiative. The shortlisted projects were evaluated by a panel of international experts from more than 160 ideas submitted by 36 entities in less than 365 days.

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