Fire gutted the Address Downtown Dubai Hotel. © Press Association Images
Fire gutted the Address Downtown Dubai Hotel. © Press Association Images

Dubai to trial fire-fighting robot

17 February 2016

Fire-fighting robots that would be first on the scene and connect to a building's own emergency systems are the latest technology to be unveiled in Dubai.

Dubai Civil Defence and the Digi Robotics Company developed the robot, which is about to be undergo a three month trial.

The robot is designed to automatically move to the source of fire and begin extinguishing it until firefighters arrive.

Dubai has been at the forefront of looking for technologically innovative ways to fight fires since it has suffered a recent series of skyscraper fires.

Over the New Year the Address Downtown Dubai Hotel, one of the Emirates' tallest buildings, was gutted in a huge blaze after an electrical shortcut. It was the third major skyscraper fire in the Emirates since 2012.

The country has recently signed a deal to use jetpacks to fight fires.

Dubai is also trialling the use of drones and has bought 15 "quad-copters" - remote-controlled drones that will be used to patrol high-risk areas, such as industrial zones, to monitor and record fires, Emirates official news source uaeinteract.com said.

The website quoted Colonel Rashid Al Falasi of the Dubai Civil Defence as saying the drones were being trialled before being fully rolled out across the force.

Each drone has a 45-minute battery life and quad bikes have also been bought to carry them and put them into action quickly.

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