The United Arab Emirates has announced that it plans to use unmanned aerial drones for government services such as to deliver official documents and packages to its citizens and residents.
“The UAE will try to deliver its government services through drones. This is the first project of its kind in the world,” Mohammed al-Gergawi, a minister of cabinet affairs, said on Monday as he displayed a prototype developed for the government.
In order to protect the drones and their package, fingerprint and eye-recognition security systems would be enabled.
“The drones would be tested for durability and efficiency in Dubai for six months, before being introduced across the UAE within a year. Services would initially include delivery of identity cards, driving licenses and other permits,” Gergawi told Reuters.
“What these things are best suited for is delivery of small, light value things that are time sensitive, like medicines, identification documents, vital papers and things of that nature,” said Dr Noah Raford, special adviser to the Office of the Prime Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid told The National.
According to Dr Raford, the battery-operated drones, which could cost as little as AED 4,000 ($1089), could fly for up to three kilometres at 40kph and carry objects weighing up to 1.5kg.
The latest initiative is in line with UAE’s ambitions to go hi-tech.
In January, UAE had launched a National Agenda in which one of the objective was to make the UAE the top country in smart-phone governmental services. Dubai has already announced their plans to make the city a “smart-city” by enabling linking the emirate’s government services and the public through the use of smart devices accessed freely using high-speed wireless internet connections.
VIDEO: Drone delivering UAE National ID
A video has been released during the ongoing UAE Government Summit 2014 in which a UAE national appears to order his National ID card. A drone flies to his house after getting the Geo location and the citizen was able to take out the ID from the compartment after verifying access through his finger print.
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