Dubai Smart Civil Defense Readiness project launches

Dubai Smart Civil Defense Readiness project launches

The Dubai Smart Civil Defense Readiness project officially launched at Intersec last week. The project uses artificial intelligence to flag potential fire incidents before they even happen.

Captain Issa Ahmed Al Mutawa, director of the Supervision Department at the General Directorate of Civil Defense in Dubai was honoured at Intersec by Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Council for Border Crossing Points Security for his efforts on the project.

The programme uses Big Data technology and links it with government departments in Dubai, analysing it using AI. This is able to help predict the probability of fire incidents, based on database accidents from the past five years.

As well as making predictions on potential fires, it also helps to prevent them. The programmes identifies the cause of fire for each region and the nationality of people in that areas and then sends educational materials via short text messages. This proactive approach helps encourage residents to avoid risky behaviour that could led to a fire incident.

The messages sent contain a link which activates an avatar of an officer who delivers safety messages in 20 different languages. For example, during the Indian festival of Diwali it will send awareness text messages with the avatar explaining safe ways to celebrate.

According to Capt Al Mutawa the aim is to send five million awareness text messages in two years.