Dubai taxis to have smart cameras


Dubai taxis to have smart cameras

Dubai - The cameras will not face passengers, thus ensuring their privacy

by Dhanusha Gokulan

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Published: Tue 26 Apr 2016, 6:24 PM

Last updated: Wed 27 Apr 2016, 8:21 AM

Around 1,500 Dubai taxis will be equipped with CCTV cameras by the end of this year, Dr Yousif Al Ali, CEO of Dubai Taxi Corporation, has announced.
Dr Al Ali clarified that the move is to only help the RTA to monitor the behaviour of taxi drivers. None of the cameras will face passengers of taxis, thus busting the myth that cameras in taxis will invade passenger privacy.
"The camera inside the taxi will focus on the driver. Passengers will be informed of the cameras inside the taxi and it is equipped with 3D and face recognition technologies."
The camera can detect unusual behaviour among the driver which can be used as evidence in case of accident or dispute. All smart cameras will be connected to the operation command centre (OCC) of RTA's Public Transport Agency.
The external cameras that can rotate 360 degrees are also equipped with sensors to detect tailgating on the part of the taxi driver or other motorists.

Dhanusha Gokulan
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