A fleet of Israeli-made UAS from Airobotics will be deployed over Dubai during Expo 2020, a six-month event that will draw millions of visitors between October and April.
Dubai Police selected the Airobotics drone-in-a-box solution to provide live aerial data and accelerate incident analysis and response, according to a news release. Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum recently approved what’s described as a first-of-a-kind collaboration. Every drone, which navigate on their own with no need for human pilots, will cover an area of 50 square kilometers to cover the entire city.
“The project pilots the Airobotics solution before the rest of the world, aiming to usher in a paradigm change for emergency responders globally, with response teams backed by fleets of fast autonomous drones, efficient and cheap to operate,” according to the release.
Expo 2020 is the world’s third-largest event and is held every five years. Dubai was selected to host the fair last year but had to postpone because of COVID-19.
The Airobotics system has been deployed in Australia, Singapore, Israel and the U.S. In Singapore, the local security forces are testing their ability to reach any point in the country within minutes to deliver emergency relief packages. In Israel, Airobotics also collaborates with security and emergency agencies.
The company is working to get a permanent BVLOS permit from the FAA and would like to work with security services in the U.S. The company is also aiming to become the world’s first to receive global BVLOS authorization.