Police in Sharjah, the third-most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, are using drones with facial recognition technology to track wanted criminals. First the felon’s photograph is uploaded to the AI network and then the drone scans crowded public spaces. Ones the drone finds the criminal the ground units of the police force move in to make the arrest.
In the past month, at least 200 drone operations have been carried out by the police in the city. Sharjah Police have used drones to monitor COVID-19 lockdown violations, investigate crime scenes and road accidents, search for missing persons, track illegal activities and drug peddlers, secure sensitive areas, patrol hazardous industrial sites, manage mob violence, and provide surveillance for large crowds during public events.