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Google Glass to give Dubai Police a high tech advantage

These officers will be armed with facial recognition software in their wearable technology.

At the same time that the FBI in the United States is boosting its database for facial recognition and doctors in a growing number of countries around the world are using Google Glass in emergency and operating rooms, police in Dubai are getting their chance to test out this wearable technology.

Some officers in Dubai will be equipped with the augmented reality glasses to help to spot criminals.

By wearing Google Glass and using it for facial recognition, the hope is that Dubai police will be able to spot and identify wanted criminals. According to a spokesperson for the Dubai police, the software that will be used in this wearable technology will be custom made and will give each device the opportunity to sync with a central database of images of faces. This way, if police officers come across wanted criminals, they will be alerted by the wearables display.

The Google Glass program will begin with a pilot phase in which the devices will be worn for a specific function.

The pilot phase for using this augmented reality based wearable technology will have officers using the devices to track traffic violations as well as to be able to identify offending vehicles. If that phase goes well, then the mobile devices will then be distributed to detectives who will begin using it for its actual facial recognition program.

It makes sense that the police in Dubai want to make sure that the device can bring them the benefits that they are hoping to receive, as these gadgets do not come with an inexpensive price tag. In this deal, the Dubai police will pay $1,500 each for the devices. While that may be overwhelming for the majority of police departments around the world, Dubai is known for maintaining a luxury image that extends to its law enforcement.

In fact, the Google Glass price is only a tiny sliver of the cost of the $400,000 Lamborghinis that are driven by the officers in that city. Clearly, price is not always a deciding factor when it comes to the choices made in that city.

Google Glass to help cops in Dubai

Dubai police intend to equip detectives with Google’s wearable tech.

As part of Dubai’s plan to make its police force one of the “smartest in the world” by the year 2018, the emirate’s police department wants to provide beat officers and eventually detectives with Google Glass, enabling its law enforcement officers to run customized facial recognition software.

Facial recognition technology could help fight crime.

According to Reuters, a police spokesperson from the most populous city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), confirmed that Dubai police developed the software and would permit a link between a database of wanted people and the wearer. Essentially, as soon as the wearable device recognizes a suspect via the facial recognition technology, the wearer of the optical head-mounted display is alerted.

Colonel Khalid Naser Al Rzooqi, the director general of Dubai police, informed 7DayinDubai that “The software that we developed internally enables us to connect a database of wanted people with the glass.” He added that “Once the glass recognizes the suspect based on a face print, it will give an alert to the officer wearing it.”

Google Glass - DubaiThe gadget featuring the software is to be introduced gradually in phases. The initial phase would focus on combating traffic violations and tracking vehicles that are suspected to have been involved in driving offenses. The second phase would involve having the technology issued to detectives.

Google Glass isn’t cheap but Dubai is willing to spare no expense when it comes to its police force.

Glass is a costly gadget that sells for $1,500 in the United States. This makes the device far out of the affordable range for the average consumer. However, Dubai is determined to equip its law enforcement with the device. In addition, more businesses are beginning to warm to the idea of using this innovative wearable, which is also beginning to be used in hospitals.

Despite many people being worried about their privacy when Google Glass is worn in public, as the concern is a Glass user could be secretly taking photos or videoing a person without their consent, if policemen were to wear it, the purpose would be to help officers collect information during an investigation.