From virtual reality headsets to a glove that can translate sign language and a self-flying taxi, Gitex Technology Week in Dubai throws up all the latest innovations.
Attended by government bodies, private companies and the public, the event is a chance to showcase the ideas that tackle problems and could become the norms of the future.
Once such device that could be introduced as a smart service by Dubai Police was the glove that understands the sign language movements of its user and translates them into Arabic on a computer screen.
The glove is the brainchild of four Dubai students, including Aswa Al Shehi, 21, a student at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Dubai.
Police got wind of their invention after they won a prize for it at the Think Science event and and now considering implementing it as a way of better communicating with sign language users.
Also on display was Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority’s new autonomous air taxi (AAT) prototype, the concept flight of which was attended by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, last month.
The two-seater, capable of transporting people without human intervention or a pilot, has been supplied by Volocopter, a Germany-based specialist manufacturer.
Elsewhere, Dubai Civil Defence unveiled a new fire monitoring system that will be connected with 150,000 building in all the Emirates.
The fire systems will be installed by the end of 2018 and all residential units will be equipped with it by 2019, they say.
The system involves the use of high-tech alarms connected to the building’s fire systems, which are in turn connected to civil defence operations rooms.
Dubai traffic police also said they will create drive-thru traffic fines’ payment services to reduce the number of people visiting police stations, with the chief of Dubai Police announcing the new payment method at Gitex.
“We are looking into methods to facilitate our services and reduce the number of visitors to police stations,” said Maj Gen Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, commander-in-chief of Dubai Police.
In addition, there is a plan for all vehicles to be fitted with an eCall system, that allows for voice calls and vehicle data to be transmitted directly to police response centres in the event of an accident.
“The system will speed up the emergency response times and reduce the level of human error in locating the accident, and achieve the highest level of integration in emergency response,” said Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, director general at Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.