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Dubai launches first robot lifeguard

Staff Writer | September 6, 2016
Dubai Municipality has announced that it has launched a robot lifeguard, a first for the Middle East, on public beaches for the security and safety of beach-goers in the emirate.
Robot lifeguard
Technology   The sea robot can travel more than 130km
The robot, which can reach a speed of 35kph, or approximately 12 times the speed of a human lifeguard, works by using remote control technology.

It is 125cm tall and can travel a distance of more than 130km. The robot can float freely as it weighs only 11kg and can carry out up to 30 rescue operations without re-chargingd, news agency WAM reported.

Alya Al Harmoudi, director of the Environment Department at Dubai Municipality, said: "The move is also in response to Dubai government directives to keep up with the latest technologies and innovations in this area as well as to ensure that all the necessary requirements and precautions are in place to enhance the rescue operations on the public beaches of Dubai."