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First robot designed and developed in Dubai for civil defence during UAE Drones for Good Award

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop the robot further was signed between the General Directorate of Civil Defence Dubai and Digi Robotics in the presence of HE Major General Rashid Thani Al Matrooshi, Director General of Dubai Civil Defence; and Jamal Al-Khatib, CEO of Digi Robotics; and Saif Al Aleeli, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Museum of the Future Foundation and Coordinator General of the UAE Drones for Good Award.

HE Major General Rashid Thani Al Matrooshi said the partnership aims to develop the civil defence capabilities with the application of the latest technology based on international expertise in this area. He said the MoU comes as part of the Dubai Civil Defence plans to adopt non-conventional systems in the services provided to customers and introduce the element of innovation to secure lives and property and the environment.

Saif Al Aleeli stated that the agreement comes within the framework of strengthening cooperation between various entities in the public and private sectors to develop innovative solutions and adapt successful practices in the drones and robotics sectors. The partnership emphasizes the importance of UAE Drones for Good Award and UAE AI & Robotics Award for Good, as a platform to launch creative and innovative initiatives in these vital sectors, he added.

The robot is capable of carrying out critical tasks remotely by connecting to extinguishing systems in buildings and automatically moving to the source of fire to carry out the initial fire extinguishing process until the arrival of firefighters. The robot can also be used to carry out awareness campaigns in malls.

The robot has been manufactured according to the ideas and requirements set by the Civil Defence with the possibility to include updates during its development. The agreement provides for workshops and training courses for civil defence workers on using the robot. The robot will be subject to a trial period of three months and then evaluated at the end of the period to determine its technical and operational efficiencies.

The UAE Drones for Good Award and UAE AI & Robotics Award for Good events are being held from 4 to 6 February 2016 in Dubai Internet City, with the participation of teams from the UAE and around the world as well as prominent speakers and experts.

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