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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 22 February 2018

Eye in the sky: Abu Dhabi’s ports now protected by drones

New high secruity camera began operating above Khalifa Port, Zayed Port, the Free Port, and The New Free Port on Sunday.

A drone takes off on its first trial at Zayed Port. Courtesy ADPC
A drone takes off on its first trial at Zayed Port. Courtesy ADPC

Two remote-controlled flying drones are patrolling Abu Dhabi’s ports, Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) said today.

The new high security ’Eye in the Sky’ cameras began operating above Khalifa Port, Zayed Port, the Free Port, and The New Free Port on Sunday.

“The increased surveillance will strengthen the maritime security of international ships in the port, with even difficult to access locations being comprehensively monitored, offering a higher level of reassurance to visiting foreign vessels or ships with high value or sensitive cargos,” ADPC said in a statement today.

The drone’s camera can capture full HD video and 14 megapixel still photographs and comes equipped with its own Wi-Fi network for data transfer.

“The new drone cameras will be excellent security tools for monitoring, viewing and managing incidents, and will be particularly valuable in any search and rescue situation,” says Sultan Al Jaberi, the vice president Regulations, HSE and Security, ADPC.

Increasingly, drones are being utilised for civilian uses.

Drones are being used to monitor the flamingo population at the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve and a drone recently ‘buzzed’ the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, providing spectacular sweeping views of landmarks across Dubai.

A federal law, expected in the final quarter of the year, is being drafted by the General Civil Aviation Authority to license the use of drones in UAE airspace, Al Ittihad, the Arabic-language sister paper of The National has reported.

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