Dubai said on Sunday it would introduce face recognition systems on public transport to enhance public transport safety. At present, the United Arab Emirates is preparing to host a global exposition.

“This technology has proven to be effective in identifying suspicious and wanted people,” said Obeid hasber, head of Dubai’s traffic safety department Prior to that, the UAE had used facial recognition systems to run biometric systems at its international airports.

Dubai is regarded as a leading “smart city” in the Middle East, and it aspires to become a hub of technology and artificial intelligence.

“We want to improve performance by taking advantage of current technological capabilities to ensure high safety in metro stations and other transport sectors,” hathboor said

Earlier this week, in the presence of Sheikh hamdanbin Mohammed, Dubai’s crown prince, police used facial recognition technology in a simulated scene to identify a gunman attacking a subway station.

In the United States, trained special police forces helped to “evacuate” commuters from stations during simulated attacks, then worked with control centers to arrest suspects. Members of the task force will be assigned to major metro stations during Expo 2020.

The six-month event, which was delayed by one year due to the coronavirus, is now scheduled to open in October 2021. It is expected to attract 15 million tourists before the global economy and transportation system are affected by the pandemic.

Jamal Rashed of the Dubai police transport security department said facial recognition technology would be launched in all subway stations in the next few months.

Other technologies that have been used to combat the spread of coronavirus, such as helmets with thermal imagers and smart glasses, will also be used to identify and manage large populations.

“It took at least five hours to find the suspect before,” Rasheed said “With this technology, it takes less than a minute.”

But while technology used to identify individuals simplifies life, such as unlocking mobile phones, it also raises concerns about privacy.

Algorithmwatch, a Berlin based advocacy group, said at least 10 European police officers were using facial recognition technology, a trend that privacy groups are concerned about.

At present, some areas have been criticized for the face recognition system in their public surveillance network.

Editor in charge: yyx

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