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Dubai deploys drone fleet to catch people littering


Dubai has gained a reputation as both a center for wealth and excess as well as a city where even relatively minor illegal acts can have major consequences. Now one component of the city’s enforcement efforts will be backed by the latest technology in remote-controlled technology: drones.

The Dubai Municipality’s Waste Management Department plans to deploy an entire fleet of drones to police the city’s litterers.

Currently, just one drone is operation, but two additional drones will be added later this year. The drones will monitor waste dump sites, beaches and desert camp sites for sanitation law violators.

The new role of drones in Dubai’s enforcement is important because littering laws there are fairly strict. Repeat offenders who toss cigarette butts into the street can rack up hundreds of dollars in fines. Similarly, the laws against spitting in public can also incur hefty fines.

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