How Etisalat plans to use AI to cut crime in the UAE

Etisalat Digital says it is working with Dubai Future Accelerators on a challenge focused on reducing crime and road congestion.
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Etisalat Digital on Monday announced it is working with Dubai Future Accelerators on a challenge focused on reducing crime and road congestion using artificial intelligence (AI) on video surveillance systems.

The company said AI will be deployed to analyse behaviour, predict crime-related patterns, congestion, and road accidents. It also includes enabling automated decisions that alert the concerned authorities.

The challenge is part of its new plan for the fifth cohort of Dubai Future Accelerators, focusing on creating smart innovative solutions based on emerging technologies like AI and blockchain.

Etisalat Digital said in a statement that the challenge is in support of UAE 2021’s vision of making the UAE the safest place in the world and to enhance transportation.

It added that a second challenge will focus on using blockchain to reduce transactional costs and complexity in B2B processes between banks, government, and private sectors by 40 percent within five years.

For its third challenge, Etisalat Digital wants to adopt blockchain to allow exchange across various loyalty currencies and to transform a loyalty currency into a crypto currency that can be used to perform online and physical transactions.

Francisco Salcedo, senior vice president, Etisalat Digital, said: "Our partnership with the accelerator supports us in collaborating with innovative companies worldwide to bring the latest innovation to our customers."

Applications are open to companies across the globe to address any of these challenges along with technology experts from Etisalat Digital. Companies will be shortlisted and selected as part of a nine-week programme expected to start in September.

Towards the end of the programme, Etisalat Digital will sign a commercial agreement with selected companies.

Dubai Future Accelerators was launched in 2016 by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of Dubai Executive Council, under the directives of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

The programme is a government initiative that aims to bring the world’s most exciting and transformative technology start-ups to Dubai to collaborate with local entities and find solutions for future challenges.

A version of this story first appeared at Arabian Business.

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