Drones to spot Dubai construction site violations

Fifty six companies caught flouting regulations so far this year

Drones are being used to monitor construction site violations in Dubai.
Drones are being used to monitor construction site violations in Dubai.

Drones are being used to monitor construction site violations in Dubai.

The Ministry of Labour introduced the technology to help inspectors record when sites are breaking laws, including ignoring the midday break law that stops labourers working in the midday sun between June and September.

So far this year, 56 companies were caught violating the ban during the summer.

“It is very accurate and definitely saves the inspectors’ time and efforts, as it allows the team to monitor every movement from the screen attached on the remote control then note any violations by taking close pictures,” Saqr Ghobash, the Minister of Labour, told The National.

The idea of the drone was developed by the Ministry's IT department and technology students from Dubai colleges.

The drone can cover two square kilometres over a 20 minute period and can fly up to one kilometre high.

An operator inputs the exact coordinates of the drone's destination before sending it out to capture live footage and images on its high-definition camera.

The UAE government is encouraging the use of drone technology to aid government departments and last year Shiekh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, launched the $270,000 UAE Drones for Good competition.

A law to allow drones to be used in UAE airspace is in the draft stages and is expected to be passed before the end of the year.

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