Dubai Police Glass

Google Glass to be Used in Dubai to Catch Traffic Violators

May 21, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

Google Glass has been available for some time now, and while it’s now available to the general public, it still cost $1,500 and is definitely what you’d call a ‘niche product’. That’s not to put Glass down of course, all new technology takes some time to become mainstream or even acceptable by the general public and well, Glass is definitely something people will take a long time to warm to. That doesn’t mean that Google’s ambitious project should be written off, as the wearable has excellent potential in industry and law enforcement, thanks mostly to the built-in camera. Now, it’s being reported that the Dubai Police are to use Glass to help them catch criminals.

As GulfNews is reporting, the Dubai Police force will be using Glass to help catch traffic violators. The Smart Services teams of the Dubai Police have created two applications for Glass. One which takes photos and immediately sends them back to a police station to be inputted onto the system and another which will identify cars and check the database to see if it’s a wanted vehicle or not. When taking a photo, the time and location are added to the info sent back to stations. As for being able to check if a car is wanted or not, all an office needs to is to look at the vehicle’s number plates for them to be recognized. Ironically, in other parts of the world, Glass has been banned while driving in the UK, but here it’s going to be used in the car for good. Still, a trained professional using Glass behind the wheel is a lot of different than a consumer simply purchasing the device.

The Dubai Police have said that they’re always looking for ways to adopt new technology, especially if it helps crack down on offenders and improve their overall performance. While Glass isn’t available outside of the US, we’re pretty sure that Google doesn’t mind working with partners like these in order to show off just what Glass is capable of, after all the more useful Glass gets, the easier it’ll be for Google to sell the device to consumers, which they’ve essentially just started to do.