The world's first operational robot policeman, officially joined the line of duty on Sunday, greeting guests at the opening of the 4th Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC), including Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Head of Security for the Emirate of Dubai, who opened the show and the co-located Internet of Things Expo (IoTx), which run until Tuesday, May 23, at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).
The robot rolls around on wheels. It can salute, bow, speak in multiple languages, and recognize hand gestures from up to 1.5 meters away, according to the Khaleej Times. It also has a tablet lodged in its chest which civilians can use to report crimes, according to The Daily Mail. It was designed by the Dubai police, with assistance from IBMs Watson and Google.
It's apparently not designed to deter serious crime, but to take over small tasks, according to Brigadier-General Khalid Nasser Al Razouqi, Director of the Smart Services Department for the Dubai Police:
With an aim to assist and help people in the malls or on the streets, the robocop is the latest smart addition to the force and has been designed to help us fight crime, keep the city safe and improve happiness levels.
The Brigadier also told Gulf News that the department hopes to replace a quarter of its forces with similar bots by 2030.