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Saif bin Zayed opens AI-based Civil Defense Readiness Room in Dubai
  • Wednesday, May 31,2023

Saif bin Zayed opens AI-based Civil Defense Readiness Room in Dubai

Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, inaugurated the groundbreaking Civil Defense Reading Room at the General Directorate of Civil Defense in Dubai. This pioneering facility, leveraging artificial intelligence concepts and programs, stands as the first of its kind in the region. The esteemed event witnessed the presence of His Excellency Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chief of Police and Public Security in Dubai, Lt. General Expert Rashid Thani Al Matroushi, Director General of the General Directorate of Civil Defense in Dubai, Major General Dr. Jassim Al Marzooqi, Commander-in-Chief of Civil Defense at the Ministry of Interior, Brigadier General Expert Ali Al Mutawa, Assistant Director General for Firefighting Affairs, and officers from the Ministry of the Interior.

During the inauguration, Sheikh Saif received a comprehensive briefing on the smart proactive systems incorporated within the response room. These systems ensure the utilization of the latest artificial intelligence technologies and programs in an institutionalized manner. By employing scientific analysis and advanced sciences, they enhance readiness and preparedness in innovative ways to address the challenges stemming from fires and implement proactive measures for their prevention.

His Highness also attentively listened to the officials' explanation of these systems and their crucial role in service development, enhancing the capabilities of civil defense personnel, and promoting comprehensive awareness programs. The integration of proactive and preventive concepts plays a significant role in achieving these objectives.

Regarding the Civil Defense Readiness Room, Captain Issa Al Mutawaa, head of the room at the General Directorate of Civil Defense in Dubai, elaborated on the systems employed, emphasizing their extensive studies and international accreditation from esteemed civil defense institutions such as the National Fire National Protection Association (NFPA). This optimal utilization of artificial intelligence programs earned praise from the NFPA.

Captain Issa further explained that these programs facilitated the development of heat maps for accident sites, providing accurate data. They also studied human actions and behaviors that contribute to fires, taking into account various nationalities, cultures, and occasions. The Civil Defense Readiness Room comprehensive serves as a centralized hub for collecting precise data, which is then utilized in building proactive plans, establishing distribution centers, enhancing capabilities, and designing awareness programs in multiple languages. Harnessing artificial intelligence technology through avatars in the Civil Defense Elements Authority enables the dissemination of messages to millions with a simple click.

Moreover, the program system boasts advanced communication capabilities, enabling the identification of fire causes in specific regions. Subsequently, short text messages are sent to residents in those areas, providing awareness materials that highlight the most probable fire causes and preventive measures. This proactive approach aims to prevent accidents effectively, safeguarding lives and properties.

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