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article imageDrones being used to catch people dropping litter

By Tim Sandle     Apr 9, 2016 in Crime
Dubai - Dropping litter generally is frowned upon in most countries and someone being caught indiscriminately throwing litter is likely to receive a fine. With the issue of how to catch a perpetrator, Dubai has taken to the skies.
In Dubai, drones are to be deployed to catch people inclined to drop litter, as the Gulf News website has reported. The drones will be controlled by the United Arab Emirate's waste management department.
The authorities plan to use the remote-controlled aircraft in order to detect people who leave rubbish and litter behind at key tourist spots like the by the seaside or around the popular desert campsites. The drones will not be able to peer into the city's ornate shopping malls.
As a test, the waste management department has already deployed one drone to assess the city's spiraling landfill sites (this is to would-be catch fly-tippers.) Following this success, the department has developed a scheme to expand the range of drones to detect littering and fly-tipping in public areas.
Expanding on this further, waste department chief officer Abdul Majeed al-Saifaie told BBC News: "Since they [drones] are very cost effective, we expect to have two more drones later this year." These drones will patrol the deserts and beaches.
The primary reason for selecting drones is to save time. They are also of relatively low cost, especially when compared with employing security staff. Thus, al-Saifaie continues, "instead of having municipality inspectors driving across the city, the drones will be able to fly directly to a number of different locations within a short time, and provide us with data and high-resolution photographs."
Dubai has increased its focus on littering. Last year, officials increased the fines people face for littering. For example, littering on the beach now attracts a 1,000 dirham (equivalent to U.S. $270) fine. This is double the amount issued for littering in other public spaces.
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