Photo: Clockwise from bottom left: Artist rendition of DubaiSat-2 / Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology, Dubai via Wikipedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0; Kelantan, Malaysia, April 2017 - An Iphone on a white background with the satellite image of the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai / NAPI WAN ALI / Shutterstock.com; DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, MARCH 18, 2017 - Amazing Dubai downtown view, United Arab Emirates / RastoS Photographer / Shutterstock.com; and A visitor shakes hands with an operational robot policeman at the opening of the 4th Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 22, 2017. Picture taken May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer
One has to admit, Dubai, a city that sometimes seem to dwell in a time zone few years ahead of the rest of the world, has continuously embraced innovations one after another to make the emirate a better place to live.
Be it testing the feasibility of hyperloop trains or passenger carrying drones, every week there is a new technological innovation that we can talk about.
Here’s what caught our attention this week.
YOUR SMARTPHONE IS YOUR PASSPORT
Fed up with having to use your passport at the Dubai International Airport? Well, there might be an alternative now, and it’s not express gate cards. It’s your own mobile phone.
In an initiative that is being touted as the first in the world, Dubai will launch a smart scheme that will enable passengers to use their smartphones instead of a passport.
According to the state news agency WAM, the first phase of the scheme incorporates the traveller’s personal data, Emirates ID and passport information in addition to e-gate card data.
This compliments the “Together” initiative that Emirates launched last month to find the best ways to improve traveller experiences at the airline’s Dubai International airport hub. The programme is based on what Emirates calls “6s”: Smart, Speed, Saving, Service, Safety, and Security.
We love this. Here’s to more projects that will reduce travel clearing procedures to the absolute minimum.
STUNNING IMAGE OF GRAND MOSQUE FROM SPACE
Satellite image of Mecca from space. Courtesy Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre
DubaiSat-2, Dubai’s satellite, has captured an image of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The image was released by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, which owns and operates DubaiSat-2, in honour of the holy month.
The 12×12-kilometre photograph shows the mosque’s entire 356,000-square-metre area. Pilgrims can be seen dotted around the Kaaba thanks to a high-resolution advanced imaging system that offers a major improvement in image quality.
Photo: A visitor shakes hands with an operational robot policeman at the opening of the 4th Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 22, 2017. Picture taken May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer
The Dubai Police are now “overclocked” with cutting-edge technology in their daily work thanks to initiatives fully supported by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
On Wednesday, Sheikh Mohammed approved the Dubai Police’s new strategy, which is based on innovation, security, and connection, and ensures maximum of security, safety and happiness of residents living in the city, according to a statement.
Remember, just last week saw a robot policeman join Dubai’s police force.
Part of a government programme aimed at replacing some human crime-fighters with machines, the force’s newest recruit can help identify wanted criminals and collect evidence, and it will patrol busy areas in the city.
(Reporting by Seban Scaria)
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