Published: May 22, 2014
Dubai Police will soon use Google Glass to issue fines to errant motorists as well as identify wanted cars, said a senior police official.
The smart eyewear is currently under trial by Dubai Police Smart Services Department, for use by traffic police. Google Glass is a small computer mounted onto glasses. It can take photos, record video, access the internet and give directions among other uses. It is compatible with both Android and iOS. According to Google, It has a high-resolution display that is the equivalent of a 63.5cm high-definition screen from 2.4 metres away. The glasses feature a 5 megapixel camera.
Colonel Khalid Nasser Al Razooqi, General Director of Smart Services at Dubai Police, gave Gulf News a demonstration of how Google Glass would be used by the force. Dubai Police’s Smart Services teams have created two applications to be used by their officers. “One will allow them to take photos of traffic violations from the Glass, which will go instantly into our system, and the other application helps identify wanted cars.”
Taking photos using Dubai Police’s Google Glass’ program is simple. The officer just needs to tap the side of the glass and the photo, in addition to the exact location, time and date is automatically sent to the system.
“We at Dubai Police always try to adopt what is new in the market and we like to stay up-to-date,” Col Al Razooqi said.
As Google Glass is one of the newest technologies, he said, they got it and tried to develop something on it and test it, so when it becomes available they can adopt it. “If it passes our testing criteria as well as we see that it is a useful device, then we might decide to launch it and buy more of it [Google Glass].”
He said that Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and General Security in Dubai, and Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Dubai Police Chief, always encourage them to find and provide the latest technologies in the world, as well as find ways to make the public interact with Dubai Police.
He said their work aims to make Dubai Police stations smart, as well as have smart police officers.
Source: Gulf News